8 injured in Cagayan de Oro City grenade blast


Experts from police crime laboratories gather pieces of evidence at the grenade explosion scene at a lending firm along C.M. Recto Avenue, Lapasan village, Cagayan de Oro City. The grenade, which was attached to the steel accordion-type door, exploded Wednesday. PHOTO/ JB R. DEVEZA, INQUIRER MINDANAO

MANILA, Philippines—Eight persons were wounded when a hand grenade whose pin was tied to an accordion-type door of a finance firm in Cagayan de Oro City went off as the establishment opened for business around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

Senior Superintendent Gerardo Rosales, Cagayan de Oro City police director, identified the wounded as retired Senior Police Officer 2 Rodolfo Cabutad, SPO2 Ronelio Mendiola of police station 8, Danny Ragcab (an employee of the Mantangale Alibuag Dive Shop next door), Barceliza Salamanca, Fritzie Piyos, Roderick Cadebit, Fernando Biyernes, and security guard RJ Palma.

Rosales said the door was obviously booby-trapped.

He said an MK2 fragmentation grenade tied to the door of the Golden Sun Finance Corp. located at Barangay (village) Lapasan, exploded as wounded employees Salamanca and Piyos and security guard Palma were opening the door. Palma was seriously injured.

The two wounded policemen were traveling on a motorcyle toward Camp Alagar when the blast happened.

Senior Inspector Lemuel Gonda, chief of the Agora Police Station, said two passengers of a passing jeepney—Cadebit and Biyernes—were also wounded.

Chief Supt. Gil Hitosis, police chief for Northern Mindanao, said police were investigating the lending firm to determine if its business transactions had anything to do with the explosion.

Golden Sun Finance Corp. declined to issue any statement pending police investigation.

According to Rosales, investigators have yet to gather witnesses to the blast, adding that a security camera in a nearby establishment may have recorded the perpetrators.

Meanwhile, a radio report quoted Rosales as saying that investigators are looking into the possibility that persons holding a grudge against the finance firm might be responsible for the attack.

 Originally posted at 10:31 am | Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012

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  • Albert Einstien

    they should consider martial rule or state of emergency ..in that region…before it gets out of hand…

  • Garote

    How can the police in Cagayan de Oro City catch the bombers. Instead of spending where the intelligence fund should go, all that its Mayors and City Councilors do is to pocket the hundred of millions intelligence fund. Stop the practice of giving intelligence fund to provinces, cities, municpalities, barangays, gov’t offices and agencies that have nothing to do with intelligence work or gathering. All of these intelligence funds are wasted and stolen only by these crooks.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OWB5QH2PAJZZA6G63DG2UO2TTM RR

    Albert Einstein are you crazy? these are just isolated incidents in CDO.

  • lapasan

    You are correct my friend this intel fund should not be allocated to traditional politicians because they don’t know what intel work is all about. Chances are that the fund will just go to pocket of corrupt politicians. Intelligence operations which is a well respected work by military and police are given a bad name by the crooks in the government.

    • kalikasanipagtanggol

       There is only one thing that I don’t believe in what you say, that is, “Intelligence operations which is a well respected work by military and police”.. It was used by Marcos and is still being used to target non-military or non-criminal….Politicians are known to tap their services too.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TJLBFK6Y4JTVHRRL3PAFMU4VPI Pola

    Score in CDO:  BOMBERS         2   (Maxandria & Lapasan)
                           City Govt (PNP)   0   (No arrests yet)

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