Bomb explodes inside Rizal police camp
Calabarzon region police director Chief Supt. Benito Estipona told INQUIRER.net that the situation as of latest is now “under control” after the blast occurred around 6 a.m. inside the Explosives and Ordnance Division (EOD) office.
At least four were hurt, including a police major from the Scene of the Crime Operatives who sustained bruises, while three other firefighters were slightly injured.
Estipona said the faulty electrical wiring caused a fire, which led to the explosion of explosive device stored in the room.
The victims were rushed to the East Avenue Medical Center for treatment.
“That one was totally wrecked,” public information officer Inspector Lisa Reyes said in a separate interview by phone.
According to Reyes, they first saw smoke coming from the same building, followed by a loud explosion after about five minutes. She said they believed the fire, caused by a faulty electrical wiring, triggered the explosion of the bomb which was kept inside the SWAT office.
“When I saw the smoke, we started telling everyone to evacuate because an explosion might follow,” said Rizal deputy police director Supt. Nereo Torrecampo, also in a phone interview.
Torrecampo said they would conduct an investigation as to why there were such explosives inside the SWAT office, when “it’s against our SOP (Standard Operating Procedures). There’s a proper way and place where to store explosives,” he said.
Before the explosion, he remembered even asking the SWAT team about the explosives they brought inside the camp just this morning.
Aside from the SWAT facility, there are four other buildings and officers’ barracks located inside the police camp. Torrecampo said all the other police records and equipment in the other offices were “intact.”
Originally posted at 10:51 am | Monday, Mar 11, 2013
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94