High Court to probe university blast

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010


MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) ordered the creation of a fact-finding panel that will conduct a parallel investigation on Sunday’s explosion at the De La Salle University on Taft Avenue.

SC Administrator and spokesman Jose Midas Marquez said the order was issued to determine the administrative liability of those involved and to recommend sanctions on schools that sparked the "frat war".

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“The committee will be inviting eyewitnesses and if there are personalities who would like to appear before it, they are all welcome,” he said.

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MANILA. A student is being assisted by his peers after she was injured by a blast outside De La Salle University in Manila on Sunday. (Contributed photo)

Marquez said Supreme Court investigation will go beyond the areas being covered by the Manila Police District and the National Bureau of Investigation probe.

“We would like to go beyond that by giving recommendations to the SC on how to avoid similar occurrences in the future,” he said.

The court official said the panel would be given a timetable to finish its probe “because we don’t want the investigation to drag.”

The panel would also recommend measures that the court can adopt so that law schools would be guided in policing their students to make sure that the succeeding bar exams will be peaceful.

Marquez said that members of certain fraternities, whose names have already come out of the media, will be invited for questioning.

“Law schools can ban these fraternities, and those behind it can be barred from taking the bar and prevented from becoming lawyers,” said Marquez.

"The SC expected minor brawls among warring fraternities, but they did not expect something to happen of this magnitude," he added.

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MANILA. Students panic after a suspected grenade blast injured 44 individuals at the final day of the 2010 Bar examinations on Sunday. (Contributed photo)

Government investigators have initially said that Sunday's explosion was caused by an MK2 fragmentation grenade.

Meanwhile, Rev. Fr. Rector Aloysius Maranan, a representative of the San Beda College of Law, said the institution "will continue to monitor the progress of the investigation to ensure that those involved in this barbaric act is charged and prosecuted."

Maranan also condemned Sunday's "premeditated and treacherous attack."

Among the 44 people injured in the blast are law students of San Beda College. (JCV/Virgil Lopez/Jill Beltran/Sunnex)

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