Police still clueless on Maasim blast

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 June) — Police authorities are eyeing several angles into the grenade explosion in Maasim in Sarangani on Monday night that injured six police officers, including the deputy chief of police, and two civilians.

Supt. Romeo Galgo, Police Regional Office-12 public information officer, said Tuesday the explosion occurred at 8:35 p.m. near the town’s health center inside the municipal government complex.

He said the injured police officers were then securing the area for an activity in line with the ongoing celebration of the town’s Kestebeng Festival.

Citing report from the Maasim police station, he said an unidentified person aboard a motorcycle hurled an object at the waiting shed in front of the health center before the explosion.

“It turned out to be a grenade and it exploded near the spot where the victims were situated,” he told MindaNews.

The victims were identified as Insp. Danilo Abataya, the deputy police station chief of Maasim; Police Officers (PO) 1 Almasir Tingkasan, Romel Badua, Rowell Sobretodo and Sukran Donisa Sugod; and, PO2 Mark Victor Naya.

The injured civilians were nurse Jetphunie Navales and tricycle driver Leonardo dela Peña.

Galgo said the victims sustained various injuries and are currently recuperating in a hospital here.

As to the possible motive, he said investigators are looking at a number of angles, including an attempt to disrupt the town’s festivities.

He said Chief Supt. Cedrick Train, Region 12 police director, visited Maasim on Tuesday morning to personally look into the incident.

“We are considering all possible angles at this time,” he added. (MindaNews)