By Martin Sadongdong
A suspicious-looking motorcycle was left unattended outside the headquarters of the Philippine Army (PA) in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City Wednesday noon, causing alarm to military personnel after bomb-sniffing dogs sat in front of it upon inspection.
Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala, Army spokesperson, said a roving military police first noticed the abandoned motorcycle on Lawton Avenue-Bayani Road Intersection –near the Philippine Army Gymnasium — around 12 p.m.
“Ang K9 natin tumingin na at iyon nga, umupo ‘yung aso so it means there is an indication na possibly may device ito (The K9 dog inspected it and sat so it means there is an indication that there is possibly a device),” Zagala said.
“Walang visible na bag pero may compartment kasi scooter to eh. The fact na umupo ‘yung aso eh suspicious na ‘di ba? (There is no visible bag but we’re looking at the compartment because it is a scooter. The fact that the [bomb-sniffing] dog sat is already suspicious right?” he noted.
The Army and the Southern Police District (SPD)’s explosive ordnance division (EOD) units responded to the scene, and conducted an investigation.
Authorities used a water disruptor to destroy possible explosives, but police later confirmed that there was no bomb or any explosive device in the motorcycle.
Zagala said a follow-up investigation was conducted to determine whether there were traces of explosives in the motorcycle which could be the reason why the bomb-sniffing dog sat in front of it.
The police said the motorcycle was a red Suzuki unit with plate number NN4540 and registered to a certain Owen Baruga. (Martin A. Sadongdong)