Date
14 December 2017
The Philippines has tightened security at Manila's main airport after foiling a plot by an anti-China group to carry out bombing attacks. Photo: Reuters
The Philippines has tightened security at Manila's main airport after foiling a plot by an anti-China group to carry out bombing attacks. Photo: Reuters

Beijing wants thorough probe of Manila anti-China bomb plot

Beijing wants a thorough investigation into an alleged plot by an anti-China group to a carry out bombing attacks on the main Philippine airport and other key locations.

Philippine authorities arrested three military reservists while they were making crude explosive devices at an airport car park, BBC News reported Tuesday.

The plotters are angry at the government’s “soft attitude” toward Manila’s territorial dispute with Beijing, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was quoted as saying.

De Lima said the men were part of a “misguided group” that claimed to be “defenders of the Filipino people”. She said more people were believed to be involved in its activities.

Military chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang dismissed the plot as a “comic relief”.

Still, the Chinese embassy in Manila urged the government to “take all appropriate steps” to investigate the matter and ensure the safety of all Chinese nationals in the country.

The embassy warned Chinese students and businessmen to take extra precautions, the report said.

A Philippine foreign affairs spokesman said the government wants to reassure China that it does not use violence to resolve disputes.

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