Friday, October 19, 2007

The Bomb in Manila

Blogger Disneycuteland has photographs taken from outside the shopping mall building in a Manila suburb hit by a bomb explosion.

As is evident from the picture below, the explosive had enough power for the shockwave to blow out or send objects through a wall of some thickness and push debris out the door. Note the potted plant unscathed in the shadow of the blast.

The next picture, which represents an exterior to left of the first (see the grey SUV for a reference point on both pictures) shows the effect on vehicles on the curb outside.

It was therefore a bomb of considerable size. Manila, like Islamabad, is rife with speculation on who might have done it. The natural suspect would be one of the Muslim insurgent groups. However, some opposition politicians are blaming elements in the Arroyo administration which has become very unpopular due to its corrupt practices. Who dunnit? I hope the the Philippines has asked for help from a third party, like Singapore, the US, Japan or Australia who can provide a credible analysis of the chemical signature of the blast. Otherwise the speculation will continue.


Blogger Dymphna said...

So is that Tagalog the commenters are using? I presume?

Reading it makes it sound looks as though its phonetic, unlike, say, Fwench..

10/19/2007 02:35:00 PM  
Blogger wretchardthecat said...

I didn't listen to it, but there are two sorts of dialect in Manila. Taglish and Englog. As you might guess, Taglish is speech with predominantly Tagalog words and grammar, liberally sprinked with English. As in:

Taglish: "Finish mo na ba yung homework mo?"

English: "Have you finished your homework?"

Englog, on the other hand is speech that is predominantly English in both vocabulary and grammar, liberally sprinkled with Tagalog words.

You make hintay here while I make sundo my friend, a?

You wait here while I fetch my friend, all right?

Can the reader decipher this?

I was malling when suddenly, nag-terror ang Abu Sayyaf.

10/19/2007 03:37:00 PM  
Blogger Teresita said...

And texting is a whole 'nother language, which has developed under the pressures of keeping things under 128 characters so the don't need to cough up another 20 p for a "load".

10/20/2007 08:47:00 AM  

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