Grandma, grandson hurt in grenade explosion

Inspector Elias Dandan, chief of Pikit police, identified the victims as Maslababai Silongan, 50, and Muhammad, a Grade 5 pupil at the Ginatilan Elementary School.

The explosion came a day after a still unidentified assailant lobbed a fragmentation grenade in front of the house of Fort Pikit barangay chair Elpidio Buda, killing a village councilor and wounding five others.

Fort Pikit is also a barangay in Pikit.

Dandan said the Monday blast was due to a long standing clan feud, while the explosion in Fort Pikit last Sunday was politically motivated.

The Sunday blast reportedly targeted Buda who is said to be planning to run for municipal councilor in the 2010 elections.

Three hours after the Monday’s grenade throwing incident, three homemade bombs toppled down a steel tower of the National Grid Corporation (formerly TransCo) in Kabacan town.

Elmo Batislaong, chief of operations of the NGC for Southwest Mindanao, estimated the damage at about P1 million. 

The repairs will cost some half a million pesos, he said.

Dandan downplayed the incidents as isolated, saying these “do not, in a way, affect the general picture of the town’s peace and order.” (Malu Cadelina Manar/MindaNews)