That is the question.
My take on the bombing takes off from the fact that no one has claimed credit for it nor made any demands related to it, yet.
The bombing was a demonstration to the administration by X group that it is capable of carrying out such acts anywhere, anytime. So it’s safe to assume secret demands have been made to the administration.
I would say this is similar to those bombings that led to ceasefire and renewed peace talks with the MILF. Not saying that it’s MILF or JI behind it.
All I’m saying is this could be a terror act that’s not addressed to the general population but to a specific audience.
The more obvious one is X group is simply out to sow fear and hopes to take advantage of it.
A third scenario:
Blame the administration. It is a diversion and a pretext for martial law.
But if we accept this scenario then we are assuming a sea change in how the game is played.
Recall that during the time of Marcos, bomb blasts were for acoustic effect. Victims in some of those blasts were incidental and accidental, not the main event like the Glorietta blast. Also, even the ambush on Enrile was faked.
So Glorietta is a very dangerous game because if indeed Gloria and her generals crossed the line, engaged in terror, then that means the next people power will be very bloody.
Finally, there’s the old US bugaboo.
Recall the mysterious American that Davao mayour Duterte blames for those Mindanao bombings several years ago. Well, if its that type of American, then we are looking at something deep, sinister, and geopolitical.
(Still posting from Starbucks)