That’s what the PNP says. Most commentators, predictably enough, disagree. Many prefer Ayala’s explanation that a bomb was used. That whole line of thought is based on this bad boy.
RDX. Cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine. It’s the explosive that comprises at least 91% of C-4. According to many pundits – and experts – it’s presence at the blast site is proof positive that C-4 was used. However, half a minute’s cruising on the web reveals that making things go boom isn’t the only use for RDX. Apparently, it has industrial usage as well. Which ought to give people pause, truth be told.
I’m no expert, see? But C-4 has about 8% of other things in the mix, including a tagging chemical such as 2,3-dimethyl-2,3-dinitrobutane or DMDNB. Now taggants like DMDNB aren’t necessary for the explosion. It’s put there simply to survive the blast and let investigators know that C-4 was used, and where it came from. Because C-4 is a highly restricted explosive, and its manufacture is a closely guarded process (the US and the UK make it differently even) it is practically inconceivable for there to be cakes of C-4 floating around without taggants. It follows that the absence of a taggant is a pretty strong argument against the use of C-4. Couple that with the fact the RDX can be used for purposes other than blowing things up … well, it adds up to not dismissing the PNP report out of hand.
Quite the contrary, I should say. Let’s not blindly assume that the PNP was correct, fine. But let’s also not let our jaundiced view of the PNP – and the government – blind us to the necessity of taking Ayala to task as well. What was RDX doing in their basement? What use was RDX being put to in a mall that receives thousands of people on a daily basis. For Ayala to just stubbornly maintain that it was a bomb and not negligence is tantamount to an unsubstantiated general denial that, in court, doesn’t hold water at all.
If Ayala wants to prove the PNP wrong, it should eliminate all possible alternative explanations for the presence of RDX in its basement. But so far, no one has asked this of Ayala. Not the crusading media, not the NGOs, not the human rights groups who have so far remained silent about this fatal breach of respect for the right of people to life. I have to wonder: is it because government is such an easy target that people forget that big corporations can be at fault as well?
It’s called corporate responsibility folks. And it’s not limited to throwing money at the relatives of the dead and injured.