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2009/06/23

Grenade blast in Sarangani kills 1, wounds 32

Camp Panacan, Davao City (23 June) -- Two grenades blasted separately last night in Maasim Public Market, Sarangani Province that resulted to the killing of one civilian and wounding of 32 others.

The first blast happened around 8:15pm at the town plaza mini forest and the other one blasted two minutes after in front of an "Ukay-ukay" store along the highway also fronting the municipal hall.

Sarangani Province was celebrating their 37th Founding Anniversary and 2nd Kestebeng Festival when the explosion happened. The victims were viewing the activities and events prepared by the Local Government Unit of Sarangani.

The victim Gardo Rellon, 26 years old, died on the spot while the other wounded were identified as Aldren Salloman, 14 years old; Ingrid Genodilla, 20 years old; Mary Grace Andrade, 17 years old; Ramel Canduan, 22 years old; Josephine Mabulac, 50 years old; Arnel Mad, 22 years old; Lynlyn Sulang, 28 years old; Daisy Canait, Joelito Canaid, George Canaid, Flordeliz Canaid, Carmen Ampon, Daniel Adel, Jodito Naranho, Sarah Abbas, 28 years old; Alvino Isla, 24 years old; Julie Tanaid, 20 years old; Jun Isla, 40 years old; Archie Isla, Romeo Libron, 26 years old; Jose Gimbayan, 49 years old; Jolito Kilan, 40 years old; Nonito Durano, 38 years old; Benjamil Jomalo, 22 years old; Jun Kalao, 33 years old; Junrick Remo, 15 years old; Roseto Balbuena, 49 years old; Den Galil, 31 years old; Rechan Sardido, 21 years old; Jacinto Avila, 44 years old; Raymart Jumao-as, 5 years old and Flora Mae Lijarso, 16 years old.

The 73rd Infantry Battalion (73IB) provided transportation for the evacuation of the victims to the hospitals.

The wounded victims were presently confined at the Mindanao Medical Center and Elizabeth Hospital in Sarangani.

Commander of 73IB, Lt Colonel Edgardo de Leon said that they received report of possible atrocities that will be conducted by the Lawless MILF Group by laying Improvised Explosive Devices.

"The report prompted us to request for EOD and K9 team from Task Force Gensan and relayed the same information to the PNP of Maasim for their appropriate action. However, the explosion transpired minutes before the arrival of the said EOD/K9 team," de Leon added.

Lt Joan Paule Villareiz, Team leader of the 72nd Explosive and Ordnance Division (EOD), 7EOD detachment based in General Santos City identified explosives used, "It's a fragmentation grenade model MK2."

"The grenade has an "atis" type design and it explodes 3-5 seconds after the "pull ring" or the safety lever is removed. According to witnesses, they saw unidentified men threw the said grenades," Villareiz added.

De leon augmented additional troops with the PNP to secure the area and he established additional checkpoints.

Maj General Reynaldo Mapagu Commander of 10ID said, "We mourn for the victims of this terrorist act. This is a clear manifestation of the terrorist aim of sowing fear and panic by means of bloodshed and destruction."

"We sympathize with the peace loving people of Sarangani and all the victims of these enemies of the state. We condemn such acts and pray that the perpetrators may be enlightened so that we may walk towards progress unhampered," said Mapagu. (731B) [top]

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