MANILA -- A Supreme Court (SC) investigation on an explosion that rocked a university in Manila last September 23 could disrupt the justice system, Senator Francis Pangilinan said Friday.

He urged the SC, which launched Friday its investigation on the blast that hurt more than 40 people, to consider the legal implications of having a High Court justice probe even as the Philippine National Police (PNP) conducts its own investigation on the incident.

Pangilinan said the recommendations made by the SC investigation committee could result in charges that a lower court may not be able to hear impartially.

"Can a lower court disregard the committee's findings? Will the accused be deprived of the right to an impartial trial considering that no less than a body headed by a justice of the Supreme Court had recommended the filing of criminal charges?" he asked.

SC administrator Midas Marquez earlier said the investigation committee would cooperate with the PNP.

Marquez also said the perpetrators of the blast on Taft Avenue, Manila could face charges of frustrated murder and physical injuries. (Jonathan de Santos/Sunnex)