Explosion kills 1, injures 6 other construction workers in San Pedro City

SAN PEDRO CITY, Laguna, -- An unknown explosive device was allegedly hurled at seven workers constructing a perimeter fence, killing one laborer and injuring six others in an open lot in South Ridge, Barangay San Antonio in this city around 9 a.m. on Monday.

San Pedro City Police Chief Superintendent Harold Depositar said the lone male fatality was identified only as "Monay," a resident of DasmariAas City. His remains were brought to the Miraculous Funeral Homes in this city.

Police identified the injured workers as Mark Angel Joson Ambat, 27 of Sampaloc 4, Talisayan, DasmariAas City, Cavite; Kim Alex Sandagat Cabudol, 21 of Kabalikat 7, San Antonio, San Pedro City; John Comoda Caballes, 21 also of Sampaloc 4; Jester Tuiza Lustria, 18 of Southridge, San Antonio, San Pedro City; Erick Joson, also of Sampaloc 4; and Romcard Espejon Esto, 22 also of Sampaloc 4.

Depositar said the city police force has already sought assistance from the Calabarzon regional police headquarters Explosives and Ordnance Division (EOD) and the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) for the post-blast investigation and identify the explosive.

Depositar said his police force rushed to the explosion site to investigate following information relayed by the duty tactical operations center officer PO2 Caroline Bance on the incident.

Initial investigation at the site said operatives recovered a fragment believed to be a grip part of a grenade.

According to statements from the injured victims, they were unloading construction materials from a truck while the other victims were digging on the site.

The workers were hired by the Laperal family for constructing the perimeter fence.

Workers told police a sudden explosion occurred at their work site at South Ridge on the upper San Pedro City area.

Investigators said some victims were immediately rushed to the city's Amante Hospital and later brought to the De La Salle Hospital in Cavite for treatment.

Police are still investigating the persons behind the throwing of the explosive device at the construction site and did not discount possibility that the incident may be related to the 34-year old land dispute.

Witnesses said there is an existing land dispute between by the families of Oliverio Laperal and Carlos Young over the 80 hectare property.

The city police force also invited and disarmed the security guards manning the contested property for further interrogation as probe on the explosion is on-going. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency