TACURONG CITY (MindaNews / 4 Feb) – Police in I sultan town in Sultan Kudarat are looking at the possibility that a rido (clan feud) could have been the motive behind the explosion noon Tuesday at the public market.
Three people, including the suspect, were injured when the grenade carrier accidentally dropped the explosive from his jacket.
Senior Supt. Rex dela Rosa, Sultan Kudarat provincial police director, identified the suspect as Rahib Pangilamen, of Paglat town in Maguindanao province. He sustained multiple shrapnel wounds in various parts of the body and is now in critical condition at the Isulan Sultan Kudarat Provincial Hospital.
Initial investigation revealed the explosive was meant for the enemies of the wounded suspect.
Dela Rosa clarified “it is not an act of terrorism like what everybody feared as retaliation” to the killing of Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao by his followers.
The investigation report quoted witnesses as saying that they saw the grenade dropping from Pangilamen’s jacket while he was near the fish section of the market. This prompted the people to scamper for safety, leaving the place.
A certain Mylene Vargas and a minor boy were hurt but are now of danger after being given medical attention at the nearest hospital.
A red motorcycle believed to be used by the suspect is now in the custody of the Isulan PNP.
Dela Rosa appealed to constituents to stay vigilant to prevent similar incidents from happening.