DPWH honors street sweeper who found bomb near US Embassy

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar has given recognition and cash reward to the street sweeper who discovered the bomb planted in a garbage can along Roxas Boulevard in Manila on Monday morning.

The recognition of heroism has been given to street sweeper Ely Garcia.

She also received a reward of P 20,000.

Garcia saw the improvised explosive device (IED) along the southbound lane of Roxas Blvd. near the US Embassy at past 7 am on Monday.

She noticed a cellular phone with black and red wires connected to a black circular object.

She not only reported the presence of the unusual objects to the authorities, she also prevented pedestrians from walking along the area to ensure their safety.

She stayed there until the bomb squad from the Manila Police District (MPD) arrived.

MPD said the items that Garcia discovered were an 81-mm mortar, a 9-volt battery, a cellular phone, a switch device and a blasting cap.


Topics: Ely Garcia , hero , US Embassy , bomb , MPD , IED
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