Explosion kills 4; 4 others wounded

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

FOUR persons, including a village watchman and his two children, were killed while his wife and their three other children were wounded when a grenade exploded inside their house in Sitio Baylantihan, Barangay Lima-Lima, Isabela town around 12:05 a.m. Monday.

Chief Inspector Ramil Sarona, Isabela Municipal Police Station chief, identified the fatalities as Melvin Tanghiyan, 42, and his two children, Mary Nacelle, 13; and Karen, 4.

Sarona said Karen died on the spot while Mary Nacelle and her father died before reaching a hospital.


Another fatality was identified as Reynaldo Domingo, 45, a neighbor of the Tanghiyan, who reportedly brought the grenade inside the Tanghiyan residence.

Wounded were Melvin’s wife Marilou Tanghiyan, 37, and their three other children -- Kevin, 3; Rica, 8; and Melvin Jr., 10.

Sarona said that based on their investigation there was only one grenade that exploded contrary to the claim of Marilou that two grenades exploded.

Investigation showed that Domingo was drunk and went to the house of the Tanghiyans Sunday midnight supposedly to ask Melvin for help as he has reportedly unpinned a grenade.

Domingo also asked Melvin to go with him to investigate who threw a stone at him while he was going home that night.

Sarona said that Domingo while talking to Melvin asked for a cloth to tie around the unpinned grenade and while doing so, the grenade exploded.

Sarona said a daughter of the Tanghiyans identified as Rhea, 14, was unscathed.

Domingo’s body was torn to pieces by the explosion, Sarona said.

Melvin’s children were asleep when the incident happened.

Marilou, who was also wounded in the head, claimed that it was Domingo’s two sons who were outside their house who reportedly threw a grenade at them.

She further claimed that Domingo, whom she said was in cahoots with his sons, tried to escape and reportedly dropped the grenade.

Marilou said that Domingo and his sons have a grudge against her husband after the latter reportedly sided with a village councilman with whom Domingo had a rift.

One of the sons, reportedly an AWOL paramilitary man, owns two grenades, the other one carried by his father. The brothers are at large.

Senior Superintendent Milko Lirazan, Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office director, ordered a manhunt against the two suspects.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 20, 2014.

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