1 HURT IN GRENADE BLAST IN SOCOT TOWN
GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Police are eyeing personal grudge as a motive behind a grenade explosion in a village in Tampakan town in South Cotabato on Tuesday night that left one person wounded.
Senior Insp. Randy Rasus, chief of the Tampakan municipal police station, said Wednesday the grenade exploded along a road in Sitio Bukang Liwayway, Barangay Kipalbig at around 8:45 p.m.
He said a local resident identified as Junel Rioja, 20, was walking in the area when the incident happened.
The victim sustained shrapnel wounds on different parts of his body and is currently undergoing treatment in an undisclosed hospital.
Citing accounts from Rioja, the police official said the grenade was allegedly hurled by two suspects identified as John Ralph Eslacin and Rodel Canlas, both residents of the same village.
"The victim positively identified them as the culprits," he said in an interview over Brigada News FM in Koronadal City.
Rasus said the suspects, who were immediately arrested, denied any hand in the incident.
He said the two, who are currently in the custody of the Tampakan municipal police station, will be charged with frustrated murder and violation of Republic Act 9516 or illegal possession of explosives.