'Bakwit' killed in grenade blast

The blast killed Guiamo.

A portion of the balcony was destroyed.

Matilendo said in an interview that they did not expect the incident to happen because there was no threat against him or to Guiamo, "wala kaming alam na dahilan para tapunan kami ng granada dito sa compound ko” (we don’t know why they would lob a grenade in my compound).

Matilendo said the incident took place a night after he ordered the evacuees to remove their makeshift bunkhouses along the highway of Datu Saudi Ampatuan, in response to the order of the Department of Social Welfare and Development of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Matilendo clarified they are not suspecting the evacuees whose bunkhouses were removed, to be behind the grenade-throwing. “We explained well to the evacuees the DSWD order before we had them removed.”

Some evacuees have returned home while others were moved to vacant lots four meters away from the highway.

Zalika Kugo, daughter of Guiamo told MindaNews his father,  a member of the civilian volunteer organization but who was already inactive when they became evacuees, was the breadwinner of the family. Zalika has five other siblings. She said no assistance has been given her by the local government.

Police are still investigating the case. (Sittie Sundang/MindaNews contributor)