MANILA -- A lawmaker that was badly injured during the Batasan bombing in 2007 will recall the injuries he sustained and the deaths of his staff when he gives his statement to the justice department next month.
Representative Pryde Henry Teves (third district, Negros Oriental), one of two lawmakers who sustained injuries, said: "I will tell the court the extent of the damage to me, my
staff and basically what we went through."
Teves believes that former House deputy speaker Gerry Salapuddin, who has been ordered to be arrested by a Quezon City court, knows the brains behind the attack if his innocence is to be believed.
"If he is the mastermind or not, one thing is for sure, he knows who the mastermind is because they all used his people," Teves told reporters.
Two days after the Batasan bombing, police made the arrest of three suspects, one a former family driver of Salapuddin, another a former brother-in-law and a former student.
"In my own opinion, if you're a leader you should what your peole are doing...kung wala ka mang kinalaman dun, you should know what they are doing and who is behind it," Teves added.
Teves sustained serious injuries including a broken eardrum and stayed at the hospital for three months.
The explosion in the south wing of the Batasan complex killed four people including then Basilan Representative Wahab Akbar and three others while 12 others, including Gabriela party-list Representative Luzviminda Ilagan were wounded.(Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)