Man killed in rifle grenade blast in Cebu City

CEBU CITY—A 32-year-old motorcycle-for-hire driver was killed after a rifle grenade he found in a vacant lot exploded past 9 a.m. in Sitio Tambisan, Barangay Tisa in Cebu City.

Ruben Genterone did not know that what he found was a grenade, according to his mother Loreta.


She saw her son bringing a piece of metal that appeared to be a flashlight.

“Maybe, he wanted to sell it in the junkshop,” the 69-year-old mother said in an interview.


She said the victim scratched the piece of metal using his fingers before leaving their residence.

After a few minutes, Loreta heard a loud explosion.

She was then informed by neighbors that the piece of metal her son had brought had exploded.

Ruben lost both his arms while his internal organs were scattered near his body.

SPO4 Alex Dacua of the Cebu City Police Office’s Homicide Division said a rifle grenade detonates usually 30 seconds after the pin is removed.

“There’s a possibility that the grenade’s pin was removed,” he said.

Dacua said the explosion was an isolated case and had nothing to do with terrorists. RAM/rga



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