Palawan blast not meant to hurt anyone – DILG chief

April 6, 2012 9:10 pm 

MANILA, April 6 – Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo on Friday said that the twin blasts that rocked El Nido and Puerto Princesa City, Palawan Thursday were not meant to hurt anyone and are more intended just to scare.

"Based on initial findings, the device used in the El Nido and Puerto Princesa are similar, are meant ' to alarm than harm' (as no) shrapnel were recovered (in the crime scene)," Robredo said in a text message to the Philippine News Agency.

He added that he has already instructed Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Nicanor Bartolome to conduct an investigation on the matter and get to the bottom of the case. The first blast, in Entula Beach Resort in Zone 3, Barangay Masagana, El Nido, Palawan at about 5:20 p.m. Thursday, wounded Aiza Gay Martinez Mallari, 23, a cook at the resort. Mallari was taken to the Dr. Reyes Clinic in Corong Corong, El Nido for treatment.She was throwing garbage outside the resort when the an explosive went off near her.

Ten minutes later, another explosion took place in Puerto Royal Express bus station behind the Petron gasoline station in Barangay San Jose, Puerto Princesa.

Wounded in the second blast were Marivic Aria, 28, who suffered minor injuries on her left ankle, and Cenon Magdayo, 75, who incurred minor bruises on his forehead and ankle.

"Task Force Hunter has already been formed to investigate the matter," Robredo said.

The DILG chief also said that the group would be headed by Puerto Princesa police chief Sr. Supt. Abad Osit and Palawan Provincial Police Office head Sr. Supt. Reynaldo Jagmis.

Robredo said that these findings bolstered Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn's claims that the blasts were not made by terrorists groups.

As this develops, the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines have boosted their security measures in various tourist spots in the country in wake of the incident.

Among the tourism areas being monitored in Central Philippines were the Boracay Island, Guimaras and Iloilo provinces. (PNA)

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