Explosion rocks Puerto Princesa Underground River


Raw reports coming from the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) at the wharf of Sitio Sabang, Barangay Cabayugan claimed a grenade-like explosive device detonated around 8:20 a.m. Monday morning.

As precautionary measure and to avoid getting anyone hurt, the PPUR Management has cancelled all travels inside the subterranean river until police authorities have “cleared” the area.

City Police Office (CPO) chief Sr. Supt. Abad Osit is currently on his way to Cabayugan to personally take over the investigation of the said bomb explosion.

New park manager Elizabeth Maclang, in a brief interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA), cannot fully give details of the explosion incident pending police investigation.

However, she said “no one was hurt” where it detonated at the wharf. She said it appears like someone just wanted to “scare” them and the visitors of the PPUR.

“Everything is okay; no one was hurt. It looks like this is a scare tactic,” she said. Maclang can’t talk long enough on the phone as she was receiving calls from concerned stakeholders of the PPUR.

A woman who was selling beach hats at the wharf said in a radio interview that she personally held in her hand what looks like a round object that was placed in a plastic with other fruits.

When she checked it, she said her companion told her that it looks like a “bomba” or grenade. They immediately left the place and reported their discovery to authorities.

Vaguely, the source also said the it appears like it was the police that detonated the bomb after they reported it, but Osit said they are verifying the reports and could not give exact comments as of yet.


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