Boston bombing an attack on humanity – Fil-Am marathon participant


MANILA, Philippines – “It was an attack on humanity, not just on the US.”

This was how Filipino American Arland Macasieb, professional triathlete and running coach, described to Radyo Inquirer 990AM the tragedy that hit the 117th Boston Marathon (Tuesday in Manila).

An injured woman is tended to at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, John Tlumacki)

Two explosions ripped through Boylston Street, killing three individuals, including an eight-year-old boy, while over a hundred more are being treated for injuries.

“The Boston Marathon is an international field wherein you’ve got the best runners from all over the world. They not only harmed the Americans. It was an attack on humanity, not just on the US,” said Macasieb who finished the marathon roughly an hour before the explosions occurred.

Foreign Affairs spokesperson Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez said that around 10 Filipinos participated in the marathon, citing reports from their officials in the US but Macasieb said that he counted at least 12 Filipino runners.

“There’s 12 [but] I think there’s more—around 15 [runners], maybe. The ones I know personally, they’re all safe but the [DFA’s] list has names that I’m not aware of,” said the 37-year-old triathlete.

Macasieb had already left the marathon when the explosion shook the sidelines of the marathon but said that his friend Rolando Ocampo reached the finish line roughly 10 minutes before the blasts.

He said that Ocampo mentioned how at first they did not realize that the explosions were from bombs going off.

“Thank God I was already on a train going back to my friend’s apartment when the explosion happened. I only saw it on TV… [and the] explosion sounded like a big firework,” Macasieb said.

“We turned on the news and we saw all the chaos. This whole bombing is completely unexpected but because it’s an outdoor event, it’s vulnerable,” he added.

The Boston Marathon covers roughly 42 kilometers of open road, something which made it “vulnerable” to such attacks, he said.

“You cannot secure 42 kilometers of open road. Security is as tight as it can be but it’s not like a stadium or a shopping mall where you can run people through metal detectors,” he lamented.

Unfazed by the incident, the Manila-based triathlete said he was hopeful that the explosion will not deter runners from competing.

The London Marathon is scheduled for Sunday and reports said that security for the next international sports event is being reviewed in the wake of the Boston blasts.

“It’s not an attack on running. I’m praying that it’s just one of those things that happen once. I hope this is the first and only time it happens,” said Macasieb.

“We shouldn’t live in fear… I hope this doesn’t deter people from running,” he said.

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  • Weder-Weder Lang

    To be sure, Boston bombing was an attack on humanity, not just on the US. But so are the drone bombings launched by the US against innocent civilians in Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kenya and other places. So was the US attack and subsequent invasion of Iraq since 2003. So is the indefinite detention and systematic torture of detainees in Guantanamo. While we mourn the loss of lives in Boston, we should not forget that most of these are just blowbacks from US covert operations abroad that kill many innocent civilians. In US parlance, dead innocent civilians especially non-whites are called collateral damage.

    • avmphil

      You must be out of your mind or a straight anarchist behind a fancy “name” whose only agenda is to KILL KILL and KILL whether you are white, brown or a black. You would not post this sympathetic voice for the “terrorists” if they had blasted off Malacanang and the surrounding areas, killing and maiming hundreds including your loved ones. This inclination of yours clearly shows you are an “combatant “ without a decent course, but an animal of the lowest level that had to be terminated on sight .Its hope the AFP gets you down before you do more harm in this country or elsewhere.

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        But Malacanang did not order any drone bombings in the Middle East. It’s Obama whose ordering and approving the kill-list every Tuesday in the White House which is contributing to this blowback (as reported by New York Times). Your ignorance of world affairs and outlandish scenarios are hereby noted. Go in peace brother, you reap what you sow.

      • avmphil

        I don’t want to get into an argument with either you or anyone, nor brood over anything negative you may pour into this forum. Your views are suspect, as your comment gives an opponent – Al Queda and other Islamic militants- in this case, against the US and its citizenry, a ticket that warrants something like “ death to the Americans”. Which is clearly unacceptable in democratized nations like the Philippines (assuming you are in this country), and the USA.

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        You’re clearly intolerant of other views differing from yours. You were quick on the trigger, accusing anyone who happens to hold a different opinion as anarchist or insane. Exact same attitude of George W. Bush that earned the US more enmity around the world. You obviously have very limited knowledge of world affairs, judging by how you brush off the death of US drone bombing victims as non-issue. I don’t suppose that’s the product of democracy — insensitivity to other human lives. Go argue with yourself my ignorant little one.

      • avmphil

        All I may add, the intrinsic built in you is very poorly maintained by your clustered brain cells which is the result of your wayward and dangerous mindset. Hope you don’t get swayed by this “Saudi Student” now under detention for the bombings in Boston lest you get into a mess..Ha! Just how do know i am a “little one”

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        Desperate attempt at prose, overwrought and corny. Next time, read up first my ignorant little one.

        Have some milk before you sleep totoy.

      • avmphil

        Sorry buddy I had to comment. The profile of you (or some nutty guy) obviously brings out your insanity to the fullest. You need a good spanking from your principal ( if your still in class), for putting up that insidious smile, visibly being a clown in a circus exhibit.

      • Pitbulldog

        You have the stupid and moronic line of thinking of these US Demoncrats who are the real cause why the US has degenerated into a pathetic and helpless country that it is toady. it is being governed by clowns, idiot tyros, becoming the laughing stock and soft targets of terrorists who never show any fear at all of what it can do to defend itself. Obumma, unlike Bush who has the real resolve to face their enemies head on, has a coward’s way of fighting back. Just swing blindly against anyone, no matter who gets hit by his wild punches. Poor USA…

      • kanoy

        thank you that why i asked HER how long HER tour was in Pakistan a country that exists only because they despised GANDHI peace move against the UK….but this indeed HAS the markings of an American radical group and unlike the RP the USA uses forensics to sniff them out,,and they will.. Some law enforcement officials noted that the blasts came at the start
        of a week that has sometimes been seen as significant for radical
        American antigovernment groups: it was the April 15 deadline for filing
        taxes, and Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts, the start of a week that has
        seen violence in the past. April 19 is the anniversary of the 1995
        bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

    • magsasakasanayon

      you must be watching too many “die hard” movies, my friend.

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        no, hollywood movies are too violent. i prefer french films, they’re romantic and mostly without background music. try french films if you get a chance my friend.

      • BIGButo

        French films suck

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        oh you’re just sourgraping. hollywood films are no match for the superior quality of french films.

    • kanoy

      how many months was your tour in Pakistan?????????

      • Weder-Weder Lang

        distasteful. how can you make light the tragedy in Boston and all the other human lives lost by US drone bombings? you must be a terrorist.

  • Gastig

    CNN reports terrorist bombs killed 42 and injured over 200 in Iraq yesterday…..
    Dozens probably die due to bombs weekly in some parts of the world….

    My deepest sympathies to the families of the Boston victims but we also need to take notice of the other victims around the world who were, most likely, suffering for years before being blasted to bits.

  • Pitbulldog

    Now let us see how this stupid president and his moronic Democrat clowns will view this attack and take action against the perpetrators of this act of terror. They have consistently criticised Bush for his hard approach against the terrorists and blamed till now for the ills besetting America today. From what I know, Obumma just said he will find the culprits and ask them why they did this. Perhaps he would just say they are forgiven because their Muslim faith has been insulted…

    • avmphil

      When he was rushing to get the “seat” at the White House, he was shouting “ I am Barak Obama” But when he set in that “seat” in the White House, he became…Barak “HUSSEIN” Obama. Blame the people for being swayed by this Hussein…and the new fallout the Americans are getting all over the world.

    • giltor

      According to brick obummer top advisers:

      ” Axelrod: Obama Thinks Bombings Could Be Related to ‘Tax Day’… ”

      “Rahm Emanuel: You never want a serious crisis to go to waste… ”

      *The kenyan is called ‘brick’ because – ” last Easter Sunday , Brick Obama decided he was going to really be hip and put on a basketball shooting exhibition before the young kids who were practicing their shots. After the first 10 misses, Brick decided he wasn’t going to leave the court. The more he got closer to the rim, the more the shots were missing. To watch it was just painful. After he hit the first shot, a lay-up, instead of leaving he decided to keep on trying to hit an outside shot. People yell out “BRICKHOUSE” when Obama started missing more shots.”

  • $18209031

    Oh well , anything that is not normal and involves the taking of human life is attack on human decency and right to life. That is the true essence of being human as in humanity .

    • $26149191

      China is expert on this. Killings and poisoning. Their bomb making business are going to Boston.

  • rhitosis

    The bombing in Boston Marathon is an act that can only be described as “demonic”, an act proceeding from a devilish mentality, influenced by Satan, the prince of demons!!! Sad to say, those who kill innocent people are living among civilized people.

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