Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Explosion in Olongapo



Getting off the jeep, I headed towards the Victory Liner bus station to purchase a ticket to Manila. On the way there, I decided to first go to the public wet market or palengke to purchase some food for the 4 hour bus ride. Walking along the street, I noticed thick black smoke rising from a distant street. I knew already there was some kind of fire as I could hear faint shouting of "sunog!" (fire!) from the adjacent street. So I quickly tracked back to see what was happening.

Taking a cross-street that would bring me closer to the fire, swarms of people could be seen flocking towards the area of the incident. A Victory Liner bus had burst into flames. It seemed something had exploded from within the bus. Soon, even more on-lookers came to the scene. Minutes later, the flames had grown larger and threatened the immediate area. It seemed the flames were not satisfied with just the intestines of the bus but hungered for much more. The nearby buildings looked to be the next target. After about 10 minutes since I first saw smoke rising, the local Olongapo firetruck was making its way through the crowds. Once in close proximity to the fire, I was surprised they were able to put it out almost instantly in just a matter of seconds. Soon after, police were trying to get people away from the scene.

I headed out to get the food at the palengke like I had initially planned. Due to the increased traffic and crowds, it took a longer time getting there this time around. It was about 30 minutes until I finally got back to the bus station. I saw Mayor James "Bong" Gordon, Jr.; he was surrounded by his bodyguards on their way back to his vehicle. I was a bit reluctant on making the trip that evening, but with the increased number of guards and policemen surveying the area, I thought that it was safe enough to continue. In fact, periods immediately following such incidents seem to be the time when people employ the most caution. Only after something devastating happens do they put in more security measures. So with the increased security, I headed out for Manila. It took a long time for the bus to get out of Olongapo. People within were chattering about the incident that had just occurred. I was not able to catch anything about it on the local news that night. I never did find out what had happened until searching for the news on the internet the day after. And even after reading an article from the Inquirer, it seems smoke still has yet to clear over the origins and motives of the bombing.

Victory Liner Bus Terminal, Olongapo City, Zambales Pictures / Photos:














10 comments:

Anonymous said...

everywhere in our country malaks tlga ang banta ng terrorism.. just take care bro..Be ready and keep on praying that god will guide you on your journey... ilan pa lamang yan cguro sa mga mararanasan mong Kaganapan sa ating Bansa...Kalamidad, pulitika mga pangunahing headline sa atin yan.. oK till here na po muna ang aking comment.. more power..! Exbee

Anonymous said...

Thank God you're far away from the bus. It was on the news but I didn't see any videos or photos. Only to this day, when I saw your post and images.

I think it's the NPA (based on the threats Victory Liner Management received many times). Why would investigators find grenade fragments if it wasn't done intentionally?

Kaya maging mapag-masid. The bus companies have issued a notice to passengers before to report all items, stuff that was left unattended. Nakakalungkot isipin na may namatay pa.

Take care.

Mr. Reporter said...

hey btw.. change topic po.. being a half american.. what can you say mr. coconuter to the result of the Subic Rape Case?

Coconuter said...

i'm in the process of writing another article that will include a set of subjects again and will also include some thoughts i have regarding the subic rape case and its result... this article should be done in a couple of days.

Anonymous said...

just be safe.

Anonymous said...

what did you do here in manila?

anyhoo..be safe.. :)

Anonymous said...

just a cool site, really, whatever your intentions are...

_rEnZ_ said...

well in some cases it could be a NPA rebels or just another terrorist. Uhhhrrgg! What the heck, anyways, nice job, keep up the good work, you have a potential to become a journalist - probably working and making coverage on a war-stricken country, i guess =p

Anonymous said...

galing mo nakunan mo basta ingat ka lnag

Eric said...

Hi Eric..Eric here again....how's life? how I wish that before you'll leave for Texas...you'll post again about Subic and some pictures as well.
I miss Subic specially during the American times...

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