A LAWMAKER that was badly injured during the Batasan bombing in 2007 will give his statement to the Department of Justice next month.

Representative Pryde Henry Teves (third district, Negros Oriental) said: "I will tell the court the extent of the damage to me, my staff and basically what we went through."

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Teves believed that former House deputy speaker Gerry Salapuddin, who has a pending warrant of arrest, knew the brains behind the attack.

"If he is the mastermind or not, one thing is for sure, he knows the mastermind because they all used his people," Teves told reporters.

Two days after the bombing, police made the arrest of three suspects: a former family driver of Salapuddin, his brother-in-law and a student.

"In my own opinion, if you're a leader you should know what your people are doing. Kung wala ka mang kinalaman dun, you should know what they are doing and who is behind it," he reiterated.

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 while 12 others, including Gabriela party-list Representative Luzviminda Ilagan, were wounded. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)