Gabriela Women’s Party denounces in the strongest possible terms the blast that hit the House of Representatives, Tuesday night. We demand that an independent investigation be conducted immediately and that perpetrators are brought to justice. This incident underscores the fact that not even the House of Representatives is safe from attacks and mysterious blasts. We should lose no time in getting to the bottom of this tragedy.
The blast left at least three dead, including Marcial Taldo, driver and staff of Gabriela Representative Luz Ilagan, Basilan Rep. Wahab Akbar and Maan Bustalino, staff of Negros Oriental Rep. Henry Teves.
Rep. Ilagan suffered a wound in her right thigh, and abrasions on her back, neck and face while Mr. Ismael Lim, driver and staff of Gabriela Rep. Liza Maza was wounded in the abdomen, arm and nape. Both Rep. Ilagan and Lim are currently receiving treatment and are recovering at the St. Lukes Hospital in Quezon City.