By Ranel Ram Cheng
What was supposed to be a festive celebration to honor this year’s bar examinees turned into a tragic situation when an grenade exploded along Taft Avenue near De La Salle University Manila last Sunday.
Tinig ng Plaridel beat other media and first broke the news on the explosion via the social networking site Twitter (twitter.com/tinigngplaridel).
At least 24 people, mostly San Beda College students, were injured in the traditional Bar Ops (Bar Operations) Salubong that traditionally marks the end of the annual bar examinations.
Among those injured was one University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD) undergraduate student, who was rushed to the nearby Ospital ng Maynila for treatment.
The grenade detonated around 5:15 pm at the area where San Beda College of Law delegates were standing, just next to the UPD delegation.
A possible skirmish between two fraternities from a Manila-based law school is the alleged cause of the explosion, police said.
In a statement on his Facebook account, UP Vice-President for Legal Affairs Theodore Te, who led the UP contingent that day, called the incident as “the day that evil visited the Bar (exams)” and called for the immediate surrender of those involved.
UP Law Student Government President Tim Guanzon called on “the entire Law community to unite as we call for justice and an end to senseless violence.”
A mass was held at 6:30 p.m. today at San Beda College for those injured at the blast.