TRINIDAD, Bohol The Sangguniang Bayan here chaired by Vice-Mayor Francisco U. Gonzales, presiding officer, condemned ?in the strongest terms? the act of
throwing of a hand grenade contained in its approved Resolution No. 132, series of 2014. A certain Dinoberto Polestico Fuentes, 21, a resident of barangay San Vicente, of this town, is being identified as the prime suspect in the grenade bombing that killed two persons, the Resolution said. The said tragedy was one the most deadly incidents that happened in this municipality being peaceful and culturally rich community,? the Resolution, unanimously approved and signed by Gonzales and certified by SB secretary Wariata Orioque, said.
It added that the lawmaking body offered condolences to the bereaved families of those killed in the blast, friends and loved ones even as they asked people support and prayers. The lawmaking body here expressed gratitude to and recognized the ?heroic and selfless acts by concerned citizens, the police officers, the Armed Froces of the Philippines, Trinidad Emergency Action Team (TREAT) for the extending help rescuing the victims and arrest of the suspect.
Multiple charges Police authorities here have pressed numerous charges filed in court last week against the suspect of the bloody grenade bombing on Sept. 1, 2014 inside the public market of this town. Charges of murder, frustrated murder and possession of prohibited substances based on Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Drugs Act are filed against the suspect, PO1 Jonald Cajes Avenido here said in an interview. The charges were filed before the Provincial Prosecutor?s Office last week, he added. Also, one of the charges filed against Fuentes is the crime of terrorism. The crime is punishable 40 years in prison if found guilty Under R. A. 9372, otherwise known as Human Security Act of 2007 without the benefit of parole as provided for under Act No. 4103, otherwise known as the Indeterminate Sentence Law, as amended.? Under the same law is the Presidential Decree No 1866, known as ?Unlawful Possession,
Manufacture, Dealing in, Acquisition or Disposition of Firearms, Ammunitions or Explosives Earlier on, PSInps Aldrin Villacampa, police chief here, said in
an interview that his office is to press charges against the suspect. But first he will file case against Fuentes for illegal drugs after police confiscated from the suspect a sachet of believed to be shabu, the police chief said.
The grenade blast has killed two people and injured 12 others, including two minors, police chief PSInsp Aldrin Villacampa said. The blast rocked the public market at about 4:30 PM (Sept. 1, 2014) during the 67th foundation day celebration of this town, north of capital city, witnesses said. Dead on the spot was identified as one Nestor Bernales of legal age and said to be bystander, single and resident of Mabini, Bohol. Another fatality, Fidela M. Cajes, 47, married and a vendor here, a resident of barangay Liberty of neighboring town of Bien-Unido, did not make it when she rushed to nearby Talibon provincial hospital, about 8 kms. from here. She was pronounced dead on arrival.
Two minors (names withheld) also sustained several injuries due to grenade fragments. They?re confined and recuperating at the hospital last week when visited by this writer a day after the blast. The older brother sustained injuries in his right foot and stomach and the younger in his arm and stomach. Hospital authorities said both are now safe. Injured were Julieto Docaylo, 29, single, a resident of barangay Tagum Norte here; Jorge Flores, 45, of barangay Soom inths town; Lorenzo Aparece, 66, resident of Poblacion; Lorna Capillares, of legal age, of Poblacion, Talibon; Rosemarie Labajo, legal age; Juan Sumalinog, 66, barangay Guinobatan this town; Josephine P. Ytang, 20, single and resident of Poblacion here; Jennifer Ytang, 33, single and resident of Poblacion here; and Maria L. Autentico, 42, married and resident of La Victoria of this town.
The other victim was identified as one Lorna Capillares of Talibon town, who was rushed to Tagbilaran City following the blast for further treatment of her serious wounds. Denial Fuentes, who was drunk at the time and seized from his possession a sachet of ?shabu,?, denied he deliberately lobbed the grenade to the crowd. Witnesses said otherwise, saying that the suspect intentionally threw the explosive to one identified only as ?Kolot? his reportedly nemesis.
But Kolot noticed he is to be stoned by the suspect, ran fast to other direction for cover.
An eyewitness Lito Cuyno, 32, of this town, said he saw the suspect lobbed the hand grenade to a crowded snack store near the ?okay-okay? makeshift
vending in an open space of the public market. After he lobbed the grenade and exploded, the suspect ran but ended up being caught by some people who saw him running away from where he was, near the public comfort room building, Cuyno said.
The suspect who was interviewed by this writer in his prison cell did not answer the query on his motive in throwing the grenade. The probers also have yet to establish his motive. Asked if he is a member of the Trinidad Talibon Integreated Farmers Association, an affiliate organization of the militant Hugpong sa Mag-uumang Bol-anon (HUMABOL) as alleged, he flatly denied the accusation. He said that his father, Domingo Fuentes (deceased) could be a member of the said farmers group.
Asked where he got the grenade, the suspect said that he found it somewhere along the national highway of barangay San Roque, Talibon on his way to the public market of this town. He said he did not know that it was a real hand grenade until after he inflicted injuries to many. Escape
foiled The suspect failed to run further when tried to escape following the explosion.
A certain mechanic named FG Rosas, 29, a resident of barangay Guinobatan said in a separate interview that he tried to rush to the market fearing what might happened to his wife who was inside the market. While going into his wife, he said he chanced upon this man running towards him while he heard yelling ?he?s the one? (referring to Fuentes) from concerned citizens in the market, just across the national highway near his shop.
He tried to block him or stopped him but the suspect hit him by his fist. Later on, a lot of people are running also after the suspect. They caught him and got him mauled, witnesses said. Minutes later, the police came from their station, just about or more or less a hundred meters away from the public market and took the suspect in custody.