Hilongos bombing injures 31
Tacloban City (Sinirangan News Plus) –The usually peaceful town fiesta celebration was bloodily shaken when two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) exploded in the crowded town’s plaza of Hilongos, Leyte Wednesday evening injuring at least 31 people.
Municipal Mayor Alberto Villahermosa reported that a huge crowd was watching a boxing event at Rizal Plaza when cellphone-triggered IED exploded at around 9 p.m. Another explosion shortly was heard after the first one.
Vilahermosa he immediately ordered the town’s emergency response group to bring the injured victims to the nearest hospitals. Severely injured were brought to Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) in Tacloban City.
Police earlier reported that there was only one IED that exploded at the plaza but the local chief executive insisted that two explosives were recovered from the vicinity.
“There were two blasts. After the first blast comes the second blast,” he said in an interview.
“Luckily, yung second blast di perfectly ano… sabi ng bomb expert na kulang raw yung detonating cord nila… Hindi successful yung paggawa. Parang ano lang, mahina yung pagputok,” Villahermosa added.
The mayor said that the Hilongos bombing came as a shock to his community as the town has no history of violence.
“That was the first time na nangyari yun dito sa bayan na to.” Villahermosa said.
“This is the first time that has happened in this town.”
Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Dutertepaid a visit to the Hilongos bombings on Friday, 30 December 2016 before flying to Davao where he will spend his New Year celebration.
Duterte said that he is relieved there were no casualties and serious injuries as a result of the bombing. However, the president said that the he believes the reason for the terror is so engrossed.
He said he cannot elaborate much at this point in time but he will talk to the military and the police.
On top of the P5,000 and P3,000 given by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Office of the Presidential Assistance for the Visayas (OPAV), the president handed P10,000 to terror victims as financial assistance. He too handed P5,000 to outpatient victims.
The police meanwhile named the Hilongos bombing victims of the blast. They were identified as:
– Jessica Geli 19, of Barangay Hampangan;
– John Reynal Lamo, 15, of Barangay Atabay, Hilongos;
– Ricardo Regaton, 53, of Barangay Atabay;
– Mary Aves, 31, of Barangay Atabay;
– Wilbert Fornis Alingasa, 14, of Barangay Utanan;
– Jun Rey Lumbre, 20, of Barangay Central;
– King Michael Melgazo, 15, of Barangay Cantandog;
– Vicente Nunez, 24, of Barangay Kang-iras;
– Aldrin Goltiano, 19, of Barangay Utanan;
– Joseph Ryan Bohol, 24, of Barangay Kang-iras;
– Domingo Oliva, 60, of Barangay Tagnate;
– Kevin Manicar, 13, of Barangay Marangog;
– Roselyn Lasmarias, 42, of Barangay San Roque
– Cristita Ano-Os, 47, of Barangay Marangog;
– Jay Miguel Liba, 15, of Barangay Tagnate;
– Doroteo Libres, 50, of Barangay Atabay;
– Christian Lelis, 14 of Barangay San Toque;
– Letecia Liba, 55, of Barangay Tagnate;
– Erwin Liba, 33, of Barangay Tagnate;
– Rudy Bulfa, 33, of Barangay Campina;
– Giselle Managbanag, 25, of Barangay Central;
– Edgar Acsol, 56, of Barangay San Juan;
– Elmer Rebullos, 27, of Barangay Marangog;
– Leonilo Villaro, 28, of Barangay Marangog;
– Guillermo Solera; 26;
– Rogelio Managbanag, 26;
– Banoy Abes, 31;
– Marnilo Macarat Lusuegro;
– Chris Angel Abina, 7, of Barangay Alegria in Bato town, Leyte;
– Jessie Abina, 32, of Barangay Alegria in Bato town, Leyte;
– Marcelina Abina, 67, of of Barangay Alegria in Bato town, Leyte.
The whole region has been put in high alert after the Hilongos bombing. (Bryan Azura)