Leyte 5th district
solon’s car heavily damaged in the Batasan blast
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The Toyota Fortuner vehicle of Congresswoman Carmen Loreto-Cari of
the Fifth District of Leyte, was heavily damaged during the Batasan
explosion on Tuesday November 13. In a phone patch with the good
Congresswoman, it was learned that her car is right next to the
motorcycle which allegedly carried the bomb that blasted the south
wing entrance of the Batasan Complex on Tuesday night.
said that she was at the legislators lounge exchanging pleasantries
with some of the lady solons when she learned that the session was
The Lady Solon had to
go back to the session hall to get her bag. She was already halfway in
the hallway when the explosion was heard. Together with her staff,
Congresswoman Cari ran back to the session hall.
It has been her policy
that when she is ready to leave, her secretary calls her driver to
immediately go near the South Wing entrance so that the congresswoman
will not have to stand and wait for so long.
That evening, right
after the secretary called him, the driver immediate parked the
Fortuner near the entrance. However, because Congresswoman was delayed
because she had to go back to the Session Hall for her bag, the driver
left the car as he couldn’t endure the call of nature anymore.
The driver did not
bother to go to the comfort room anymore as it was too far, so he just
went farther to relieve himself. Just then he heard an explosion. In
fact his hand was wounded because of splinters.
said she shivers every time she thinks that had she not been delayed
for only about one or two minutes, she and her staff could have been
among the victims of the explosion.
Although her car is
already beyond repair, Congresswoman Cari is still thankful to God for
sparing her life.
"Perhaps God still has
many assignments for me to accomplish," the Lady Solon said. There are
still many things she wants to accomplish for her constituents, she
Earlier, the Lady
Solon mentioned to her staff and her friends that it was Tuesday the
13th, the day of St. Anthony de Padua, whose feast day is 13th and
whose day is Tuesday. The Lady Solon is a devotee of St. Anthony de
Padua in Pomponan back in her hometown in Baybay, Leyte. She said she
usually offers mass there because it is known to be miraculous.
believes St. Anthony de Padua spared her and her staff from the blast.
With her car totally
wrecked, she had to call her house to send in another car for them to
ride on. It was only at midnight when she called the office of the
Speaker informing that the wrecked car was hers and requested that the
security guard keep watch of the vehicle.
said that she offered Mass Wednesday morning for the blast victims and
for sparing her and her staff’s lives.
thanked those who called and showed concern for her and for the other
members of the House of Representatives. She said that she immediately
called her sister, PAGCOR Vice President and former Congresswoman
Remedios L. Petilla to inform her about what happened.