4 dead, eight injured in Taguig blast



MANILA, Philippines—Four people died and eight others were wounded after a vintage bomb being dismantled by cops suddenly exploded in Taguig City Monday, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Superintendent Alan Purisima said.

Investigation showed that around 3 p.m., three Explosive Ordinance Disposal operatives from Philippine National Police’s Special Action Force, identified as Police Officer 2 Elizalde Bisaya, PO2 Arnold Mayo and PO3 Jose Toralba, brought a vintage mortar shell to a welding shop along Daisy Street corner Sto. Nino, Purok 1 in Lower Bicutan, Taguig to diffuse it, Purisima said.

But being unsuccessful using a wrench, a worker from the shop used a welding machine that caused the explosion, he said.

Purisima said that Bisaya and shop owner Crisanto Daguio died on the spot, while Mayo, Toralba, along with a nearby bakery owner identified as Riza Romualdo were rushed to the Taguig-Pateros General Hospital after sustaining serious injuries.

Toralba and Romualdo, however, were declared dead on arrival by their attending physician, while Mayo, among those eight injuries was in a critical condition.

Philippine National Police chief, Director General Nicanor Bartolome has ordered a full-dress investigation to “determine the circumstances surrounding the accidental explosion.”

He has also ordered “an inventory of all unexploded ordnance in the custody of PNP units and to institute proper handling, storage, and disposal procedures for these vintage war materials to prevent similar incidents.”

The explosion comes just days after another blast rocked HV dela Costa St. in Salcedo Village, Makati City, on Monday. No one was hurt in the blast, but several glass windows in two buildings and the rear window of a car parked near the blast site were shattered.

Circumstances surrounding the explosion, the type of explosives, suspects and the motive have yet to be established by the police.

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  • im_not_convinced

    habang engrossed ang presidente at lahat ng mga tao niya sa pag impeach
    kay Corona, sinasamantala na ng lahat ng mga goons sa pinas mag patayan!

    Mula Apari hanggang Julo nag kakabarilan at bombahan na! akala mo may guerra.

    It’s more fun to wage war in the philippines!

    • Templar Society

      earlier reports said that some police officers were trying to detonate the bomb they found. Two police officers died and three wounded. It has nothing to do with goons or people killing each other. :)

      • im_not_convinced

        ok, add “bungling cops kill selves” to the list of shenanigans happening in the Philippines. :)

        DOT got it wrong, It shouldn’t be it’s more fun in the philippines. it’s more action packed in the philippines is more like it.

      • Templar Society

        i like the idea. ;)

  • Rensi Rosales

    RIP to all victims, but the incompetence is too much to bear ,,, it is costing lives

    • Korean_woman

      May the rest in Peace and the injured make a full recovery. But being unsuccessful using a wrench, a worker from the shop used a welding machine that caused the explosion, he said.- such folly

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QEOBTWQ4OH6GTIFYSKOGKEXO3Q ZiaNG

    its purok 6 not purok 1…

  • ryq24

    i think the police may be trying to sell this to the junk shop but backfired apparently.

  • andoybarrios

    Incompetence and ignorance kills! why did this EOD team bring this vintage bomb in a welding shop? of all places in the philippines……….

    • Saint Luci

      They wanted to open it up apparently as per GMA News. Twice daw sila pumunta sa shop at gumamit ng welding to open it up again as per GMA. I feel bad for the families of the affected and also those who were just inappropriately affected. 

      But I was laughing out loud on the katangahan of those with interest to open it up and used a welding machine to open up something full of gunpowder/explosive substance.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FMCPQIEDRWSMDSSV5NXDWSRUPI elre

    please pray for crisanto daguio, he is my son’s brother in law.  i was just there in manila 10 days ago, and to hear CRIS already dead is so devastating.  he is too young to die.  he left a wife and 3 young children.

  • juniorjuan

     My prayers to all those affected by the blast. People should start suing the local police for all the chaos…just unbelievable! I don’t blame the welder but the police should know better.  

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FMCPQIEDRWSMDSSV5NXDWSRUPI elre

      the welder is CRIS DAGUIO, my son’s brother in law.   poor guy, he is too young to die, he left a wife and young kids.

      • bitoypalaboy

        Taga 6-B lang ako… nakikiramay din po at nadamay pa sila sa mga madiskarteng pulis..

      • juniorjuan

        I am so sorry, but you should advice the family to get a lawyer and file a class action lawsuit against the local police for neglect and mishandling a weapon of mass destruction. Please don’t leave this one to God. The gov’t should compensate the family for the loss of lives for the pain and suffering.    

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FMCPQIEDRWSMDSSV5NXDWSRUPI elre

        yes they are.  i was just there in tagig 10 days ago, and now i am back here overseas.  i am just so devastated.  why would bad things happen to good people.  LORD HAVE MERCY!

      • Dickson Li

        bad things only happen because of other ppl being stupid

  • walter fortuna

    maybe police sideline try selling it to the black market or to some terror groups.

  • bitoypalaboy

    Police sideline.. kawawa naman pati vintage bomb kinalakal nadamay pa tuloy pobreng me ari ng junkshop.  Sobra ba liit ng sweldo ng mga pulis para pag interesan at ipa por kilo ang isang vintage bomb?  O sobra sa mga luho at baon sa utang kaya dumidiskarte na lang.  yan din rason bakit dumudiskarte mga pulis luho nga siguro.  Baka walang pang hulog sa mga hulugang motorsiklo nila.  Pansinin nyo bagong graduate na PO1 naka motorsiklong purmado at hulugan. Tsk tsk…

  • imongredneck

    We don’t have the whole story, but taking a live ordnance to a welding shop and torched it, speaks volumes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    with due respect to those who died, this by far, is the most idiotic way to handle explosives!!! and it seems that stupidity had crept from the bald guy at the palace all the way down to the lowest mammals in the gov’t service.

    there are ways to handle and dispose live ordnance and bringing it into a metal workshop located in the middle of  a crowded area isn’t exactly one of them and i’m sure that those grunts didn’t go out to the shop to tinker with a bomb on their own and that some wiseguy newbie inspector or  their training officer if they are on eod schooling sent them there. that same officer will eventually surrender his badge and have to answer for the death of the victims.

    i thought  saf was special?

    • regamore

      SAF – stupid and filipino

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OFIU6KKA66SXSUX2MASZEFZ72Q Raymond

      Indeed they are special, special children that is

  • Boytee

    It is nothing but common sense…just go back to hostages handling.  How many Chinese died due to SAF…training! training! training!

  • MarcyPulilan

    This is the danger of being “Bobo” with due respects to the dead and injured. So what happens if you have a bobong presidente? See the danger of kabobohan?

  • http://profiles.google.com/jojo.tabalon Jojo Tabalon

    I have pity for the welder who was just asked to open the shell, or the others who just happen to be there and got killed. But I don’t have pity for the stupid and incompetent “EOD operatives” who were blown to bits. Why should be surprised that pinoy cops, supposedly the best trained in the force, are still so stupid as to allow a welder to open an old bomb? 

    I said it before and I’ll say it again: never trust the local police. Very few of them are not corrupt, incompetent and stupid. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MQFBWEKU63YSIWBT4WTTOY6RGM kenneth

    just plain stupidity!!!!

  • im_not_convinced

    it’s more fun to play with a mortar shell in the Philippines.

  • Dickson Li

    follow up comment… defuse a bomb with a welding rod thinking that those stupid police would profit from it by selling its metals? rofl

  • http://twitter.com/motoriety Guio Oblepias

    Inquirer editors: do your job! Diffuse and defuse are two different things!

    diffuse: Spread or cause to spread over a wide area or among a large number of people.
    Remove the fuse from (an explosive device) in order to prevent it from exploding.Reduce the danger or tension in (a difficult situation).

    Then again, considering what the policemen did, maybe they really did mean to diffuse the explosion…When your PNP Explosive Ordinance Disposal operatives go to a welding shop along a busy street to defuse a bomb, you know there’s something wrong…

  • WeAry_Bat

    A reminder again that vintage, WWII unexploded ordnance don’t have an expiry date.

    As it took 3 people to take it out, it must have weighed at least 70lbs and above?  Then it’s a mass destruction weapon as a commenter said.

    What happens if it blew up during transport? 

    For them to transport the bomb, the headquarters where it is stored must be nearby.  Is Camp Bagong Diwa the repository then?  Holli kalabaw, there is a school and its surrounded by houses.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7HECF4F45D2GEE3LOPL2EQ37HI Jedayaah

    not everything you see or hear is the truth not everything they tell you is true..only God knows..condolence to their family

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