A pineapple shaped-WWII grenade used during the recent Bar exams violence
A World War II grenade was the explosive used after the Bar examinations at the De La Salle University which injured at least 40 people, not a pillbox.
"It is confirmed that it’s a grenade, not a pillbox. Since of course, individuals were injured, and one’s legs have to be amputated. Imagine this tragedy, it has to be seriously investigated," said Justice Secretary Leila de Lima at a news briefing on Tuesday.
NBI’s initial reports showed that the violence started from fraternities in conflict who got drunk and become unruly.
A witness identified a man wearing a black polo shirt with three Greek letters printed on it was said to be the one who placed the grenade on the ground just as the Bar examinees were leaving the campus, a report on QTV said.
The letters seen on the shirt meant Alpha Kappa Rho, or Akhro in short.
Supreme Court’s spokesperson Jose Midas Marquez said that the Supreme Court in coordination with the police will create an independent committee who will conduct a parallel investigation in a week.
"We don’t want this investigation to drag on. We want results right away. We want recommendations of people who should be prosecuted. If there are law students, then they should be prevented from pursuing law studies, taking the Bar, and becoming a lawyer," he said.
Meanwhile, a bomb threat gripped Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Intramuros Manila a day after the blast in Sunday.
It was later found as a hoax but the school has nevertheless suspended the classes for the entire day to ensure safety of its students and employees.