Blasts prompt Cotabato town to convene MPOC meeting

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 06 January) – Officials in Pikit, Cotabato convened Monday the Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) to discuss the explosions that rocked the town recently.

Vice Mayor Muhyryn Sultan-Casi, Sangguniang Bayan presiding officer, said her father, Mayor Sumulong Sultan, called for an MOPC meeting to discuss the town’s security situation.

On Saturday, a 40-millimeter grenade exploded at the compound of Abdulkadir Buda, principal of Datu Embak Magansing Memorial High School in Barangay Fort Pikit.

A report from the Pikit police station said that still unidentified suspects launched the grenade near the principal’s house.

No one was injured in the explosion.

The grenade explosion at Buda’s house was the second in the town since December 2019.

On December 31, a blast also hit the compound of Hayder Manibpal in Barangay Inug-og.

The Pikit police said the explosion was aimed at sowing panic among the villagers.

Mayor Sultan, according to Sultan-Casi, ordered the local police to conduct a thorough investigation of the explosions.

Sultan-Casi said the Sangguniang Bayan will also conduct an investigation into the blasts “in aid of legislation.”