COTABATO CITY- Joint personnel of CCPO Police Station 3, PNP-EOD, and 99IB, 1st Brigade Combat Team, Philippine Army, responded to an explosion incident that transpired in the evening of May 4, 2022 at Tamontaka River, Lower Bubong, Kalanganan 2, Cotabato City.
Investigation conducted disclosed that a concerned citizen reported, via phone call, to Cotabato City Police Station 3 about an explosion incident in the aforementioned place. Upon receipt thereof, personnel of said station proceeded to the area and confirmed the report. Immediately, operatives secured the perimeter, cordoned the area, and searched for possible secondary device.
Accordingly, an alleged hand grenade exploded after being thrown by two (2) unidentified malefactors in the back portion of the motorized boat docked at the riverside owned by Datu Manot Sinsuat, Mayoral Candidate of Datu Blah, Sinsuat, Maguindanao.
Fortunately, there were no reported casualties, only minor damages to the outer back portion of the boat.
Responding PNP personnel recovered fragments, shrapnel, and one (1) safety pin believed to be from a hand grenade.
PBGEN ARTHUR R CABALONA, Regional Director, PRO BAR, assures the public that thorough investigation is being conducted to establish the motive and identity of the suspects. No stones will be left unturned until we go to the bottom of this incident. Likewise, the public is encouraged to report any relevant information relating to the incident and all personnel of Cotabato City Police Office are urged to intensify police operations and security measures in Cotabato City, especially that National and Local Elections 2022 is fast approaching.