MMDA, police: No bomb explosion at LRT Recto station-A A +A
Saturday, October 6, 2012
MANILA -- Authorities dismissed earlier reports that a bomb exploded at the Recto station of the Light Railway Transit (LRT) on Saturday afternoon.
In his Twitter account, Rodan Erolin, navigator team supervisor of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), said policemen clarified that the reported explosion was probably the controlled detonation of three suspicious boxes found in the area.
The MMDA earlier reported the alleged bomb explosion.
"As of 2 p.m. positive bombing at LRT Recto Station; Recto toward Divisoria closed to traffic; expect heavy in the area," the MMDA said in its Twitter account. The said post was later deleted.
Yves Gonzales, MMDA traffic director, also denied the unconfirmed bomb explosion.
"As head of @MMDA twitter team, I take full responsibility for the wrong tweet posted awhile ago. Initial info should always be verified before posting," Gonzales said in his Twitter account.
Radio reports said the Manila police received a call regarding the suspicious package. A bomb disposal unit rushed to the area and blasted it in a controlled detonation.
Authorities later discovered that the boxes only contained glass shards. (Emmanuel Louis Bacani/Sunnex)