Grenade explodes inside man’s pocket

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

THE Bukidnon police has declared a province-wide full alert status after a grenade inside a man’s pocket exploded in Malaybalay City in the afternoon of June 14, authorities said.

Inspector Joanne Galvez, spokesperson of the Philippine National Police's (PNP) provincial office in Bukidnon, said the victim identified as Mobahar Darangina, 19, a resident of Purok 2, Barangay 9, Malaybalay City, was suspected to have been lugging the explosive in his short pants' right pocket when it blew up.

Witnesses told investigators Darangina was lifted off the ground due to the impact of the grenade blast.


He was immediately brought by one of the witnesses, Abdul Rashid Maunte, to Bukidnon Provincial Hospital.

According to Galvez, the right thigh of Darangina was 'totally damaged' because of the explosion.

She said the hospital called the police at around 6 p.m. since nobody in the area where the incident took place informed them immediately that a grenade exploded.

Galvez said the police are looking at all possible angles of the incident.

"Basin gi-itsahan pud og granada o basin ‘rido’ ba kaha or pwede sad nga drug-related kini (It might be the grenade was lobbed, or it could be 'rido,' or could be drug-related)," she said.

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) in Malaybalay City sought the help of the victim's family for further investigation.

However, Darangina’s family was uncooperative.

"Dili sila naga-cooperate. Walay makuhang information ang atong kapulisan (They don't cooperate. The police couldn't get any information)," Galvez said of the victim's family.

"Sa pagka karon, kamulo pag imbestigar ang atong intelligence sa lugar [kung aha gikan si Darangina] (Right now, the intelligence community is still probing on where Darangina comes from)," she told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Monday afternoon.

The victim was previously arrested for illegal possession of explosives in Malaybalay two years ago.

Superintendent Canilo Fuentez, deputy director of the Bukidnon Police Provincial Office (PPO), is urging people to cooperate with the authorities.

"[Kining] crime solution dili lang sole responsibility namong kapulisan. Kita tanan involve ani. Ang community masolusyonan nato ning crime prevention kung naay cooperation [from the people]," Fuentez told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro by phone Monday.

"Dapat i-report jud na diretso sa atong kapulisan kanang ing-ani nga mga possession. Kung naay makakita, if possible, dili gyud moduol within 100-meter radius," Fuentez added.

Darangina is undergoing medical treatment at a hospital there.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 17, 2014.

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