10 Worst Terrorist Attacks in the Philippines

It’s carnage. Plain and simple. Cold-blooded carnage. The blood and the gore seem to step out of the very heart of a comic book or an ever-so-addicting RPG arcade video game. But the truth of the matter is, it’s happening in real life.

The killings put into question the civilization that we are so proud of. Had it happened in the times of Julius Caesar would be a little more understandable, perhaps. The acts conveyed here are so graphically heinous, reading about them somehow evokes a certain feeling of time travel. To a time when man had not known fire and had to kill beasts by hand or the pages of the Walking Dead thriller. And my, my, my, I never knew murder can sound ever so benign.
Top 10 Worst Terrorist Attack Philippines
Presenting to you, Romans, friends and my beloved ‘kababayans’, the Top 10 most gruesome terrorist attacks within the Philippine archipelago:

#10. Plaza Miranda Bombing : August 21, 1971
Plaza Miranda Bombing August 21, 1971
A very public tragic event which was heavily-cited by the Marcos administration as an aggression that called for an iron hand (i.e. Martial Law). During a political rally of the opposition Liberal Party where party stalwarts were on stage (Senator Jovito Salonga, LP President Gerry Roxas), two hand grenades were thrown on stage causing panic and instant deaths.
The event is key as it provided additional pretext for the imposition of Martial Law.

Probable Cause of Attack: political
Dead: 9 Wounded: 95

#9. Nunungan Massacre : April 22, 2013
NununganMassacre April 22, 2013
In that quaint town in Northern Mindanao, just after 4PM, gunmen, without warning whatsoever, opened fire on a truck which carried incumbent mayor Abdulmalik Manamparan and supporters on their way home after a campaign sortie. Relatives of the mayor and friends were killed.

Probable Cause of Attack: Family Feud
Dead: 13 Wounded: 10

#8. General Santos Bombing: April 20, 2002
General Santos Bombing April 20, 2002
A bomb exploded inside a department store killing instantly 15 people while wounding dozens. Subsequently two other bombs exploded at a nearby gas station and bus terminal. General Santos is a predominantly Christian city of 800,000 residents.

Probable Cause of Attack: Abu Sayyaf
Dead: 15 Wounded: 55+

#7. Sibago Island Massacre : January 24, 2012
Sibago Island Massacre January 24, 2012
Three pump boats carrying unidentified gunmen approached and opened fired on a group of fishermen fishing in an artificial fish shelter (payao) off Sibago Island in Basilan, ARMM. Victims were all Pagadian residents.

Probable Cause of Attack: Piracy
Dead: 15 Wounded: 3

#6. Dos Palmas Hostage Crisis: May 27, 2001
Dos Palmas Hostage Crisis May 27, 2001
This was one was all over the news, locally and globally. Dos Palmas, Palawan was home to many tourists and the nice beaches attracted a thriving tourism activity. Everything changed in an instant when the Abu Sayyaf seized twenty hostages and laid waste to the beautiful paradise in the ensuing hostage crisis. When everything’s settled, dozens were dead with 2 Americans, Guillermo Sobero and Martin Burnham, beheaded.

Probable Cause of Attack: Abu Sayyaf
Dead: 40+ Wounded: Many

#5. Rizal Day Bombings: December 30, 2000
Rizal Day Bombings December 30, 2000
Within a span of an hour, a series of explosions occurred in 5 different locations leaving dozens of people dead and more wounded. The locations of the bombings were key areas in Metro Manila: NAIA airport, EDSA, Plaza Ferguson, EDSA-bound bus, Blumentritt train cab.

Probable Cause of Attack: Islamist Extremists
Dead: 22 Wounded: 120+

#4. Baguio Bombing: March 18, 1987

In President Cory’s transition to power, the military, many of whom had been loyal to the late strongman Marcos, was dragging its feet , to say the least. In a military academy in Baguio, on the day when President Cory Aquino was scheduled to speak, an explosion happened at the specially-built grandstand at exactly 10AM.

Probable Cause of Attack: Disgruntled Military
Dead: 4 Wounded: 38+

#3. Lady Mediatrix Bombing : February 25, 2000
Lady MediatrixBombing February 25, 2000
An incendiary bomb exploded inside a bus loaded on the ferry Lady Mediatrix as it was nearing bay crossing Panguil Bay going to Ozamiz City. People were killed on the spot while some had the chance to jump into the sea.

Probable Cause of Attack: Islamist Extremists
Dead: 41 Wounded: 100+

#2. IpilAttack : April 4, 1995
Ipil Attack April 4, 1995
This event made Ipil, a town of 50,000 people, splashed on all front pages of all dailies. At the break of dawn 200 gunmen, heavily-armed, attacked the peaceful town of Ipil in the Zamboanga Peninsula. Banks were robbed, town centers burned to the ground and people were used as human shield. Almost a billion pesos were looted with 8 commercial banks ransacked.

Probable Cause of Attack: Abu Sayyaf
Dead: 53 Wounded: 48+

#1. Super Ferry Bombing : February 26, 2004
SuperFerryBombing February 26, 2004
And the biggest so far, with over a hundred dead is one that involves a large commercial ship, Super Ferry. The bomb used was an 8-pound TNT bomb placed strategically on board at the lower deck. At 11PM, off the island of El Fraile in the CALABARZON province, a massive explosion tore the ship, causing fire and sending it to the depths.

Probable Cause of Attack: Terrorism, Abu Sayyaf
Dead: 116 Wounded: Unaccounted for

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    […] places and on these types of assets before. See various lists of terror attacks in the Philippines here, here, and here. Increased government and private security should be applied […]

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