Bombing in Philippines Kills 10 in the Town of Koronadal on the Island of Mindanao

May 12, 2003

We hear from Filipino activist Victoria Tauli-Corpuz of the Indigenous Peoples Network.

The Philippines have arrested at least one suspect in a weekend bombing that killed 10 people and wounded dozens of others.

The bomb exploded outside a crowded market in the town of Koronadal on the southern island of Mindanao Saturday. The attack left carnage and destruction in its wake. Body parts were strewn across toppled vendors, a bloodied and maimed body hung off the back of a motorcycle cab and shattered glass and debris were everywhere.

The attack follows a breakdown in peace talks between the government and a Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. The government immediately blamed the group — but an MILF spokesman told Reuters it had nothing to do with the bombing.

Others blamed Abu Sayyaf, a Muslim rebel group the U.S. has linked to Al Qaeda.

At least 80 people have died in attacks since March and the oil rich island of Mindanao has been the site of some of the worst violence.

  • Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Indigenous Peoples Network.

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