Injured cop in Sarangani blast dies

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 23 June) – One of the six police officers who were injured in a grenade explosion on Monday in Maasim, Sarangani Province has succumbed to “multiple blast injuries.” Late Wednesday night.

Supt. Romeo Galgo Jr., public information officer of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 12, said Thursday Police Officer (PO) 1 Almasir Tingkasan died while undergoing treatment in a hospital here.

He said Tingkasan had sustained serious injuries as a result of the explosion near a waiting shed in front of the municipal health station of Maasim around 8:35 p.m. on Monday.

The late police officer and five other members of the Maasim police station were then securing the area for an activity in line with the town’s Kestebeng Festival.

Two other civilians, a nurse and a tricycle driver, were also injured in the incident.

Chief Supt. Cedrick Train, Region 12 police director, expressed sympathy to PO1 Tingkasan’s family and vowed to make sure that justice will be served to all victims of the incident.

“We strongly condemn this act of violence, which was not only against our men but also against the people of Maasim,” he said in a statement.

The police official said he will “see to it that thorough investigation will be conducted to identify the perpetrators behind the incident.”

Train assured that the PRO-12 will provide the necessary assistance to the family of Tingkasan and the five other police officers.

He also called on concerned residents of Maasim to coordinate with local authorities should they have any information that could assist in the swift resolution of the case and in the delivery of justice to the victims.

A report from the Maasim police station earlier said an unidentified person aboard a motorcycle hurled an object at the waiting shed in front of the town’s health center prior to the explosion.

The other injured policemen were Insp. Danilo Abataya, the deputy police station chief of Maasim; PO1 Romel Badua, Rowell Sobretodo and Sukran Donisa Sugod; and PO2 Mark Victor Naya.

The injured civilians were identified as Jetphunie Navales and Leonardo dela Peña.

Galgo earlier said investigators are looking at a number of angles, including the disruption of the town’s festivities, as possible motive of the incident.