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Aquino gives rosary to mother of bombing victim

Catholic Church asks local government in Manila for additional security

President Benigno Aquino III visits one of the victims of the bus bombing in Makati City (Photo courtesy of Malacañang) President Benigno Aquino III visits one of the victims of the bus bombing in Makati City (Photo courtesy of Malacañang)
  • Julian Labores, Manila
  • Philippines
  • January 27, 2011
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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III gave a rosary to the mother of one of the victims of a bus explosion that killed five people and wounded 13 others on Tuesday.

"Here, let us pray. You hold this rosary," the president reportedly told the mother of Irish Teñola, one of the victims of the explosion. Teñola died on Wednesday morning shortly after the president’s visit.

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said President Aquino earlier visited the convent of the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters to mark his late mother’s birthday. Aquino is the son of the late Philippine democracy icon Corazon Aquino.

The president promised the victims of the bus bombing of government’s efforts to track down the perpetrators of the incident.

Flowers and sympathy messages piled up on Thursday at "ground zero" of the bus bombing in Makati City. The show of sympathy came a day before the city observes a day of mourning and prayer for the victims.

"We will remember the victims and pray for peace in our country.... We strongly condemn this despicable and senseless act that has claimed innocent lives and injured civilians," said Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr.

The explosion also prompted the Catholic Church to ask the local government of Manila for additional security for those attending the 400th anniversary of the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Asia’s oldest Catholic university.

Dominican priest Rolando de la Rosa, UST rector, said they have coordinated with the local government to provide protection for guests, including Papal Legate Archbishop Zenon Cardinal Grocholewski and 50 foreign delegates.

At least two bomb scares hit Manila on Thursday and disrupted operations of offices of recruitment agencies in the Ermita district.

 

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