Grenade thrown at Malate police precinct

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The Manila Police District (MPD) is still facing a blank wall on the motive of the grenade throwing at the Police Community Precinct (PCP) on Arellano Street in Malate, Manila at dawn on Friday wherein several vehicles were damaged, including the sports utility vehicle of the precint head.

Malate Police Station 9 commander Supt. Rodrigo Ramos said the grenade throwing incident is still under investigation.

Among the vehicles damaged were the white Toyota Fortuner with plate number PDI-452 of PCP commander Chief Inspector Paul Sabulao which was hit by grenade shrapnel, a Ford Everest, a motorcycle and several sedans.

Sabulao was not in his office at the time of the attack. His men said he was in Samar.


MPD Director Chief Superintendent Joel Coronel said the grenade throwing at about 3:17 a.m. Friday could not be considered a terror attack.

Meanwhile, a source at Arellano PCP in San Andres Bukid told The Manila Times that it is possible that the grenade attack was some kind of “revenge” by some bad elements in the area including a gang of illegal drug pushers. The suspect even fired two gunshots in the air.

The grenade throwing was caught by a CCTV which is now the subject of a thorough investigation to identify the culprits. A man riding a motorcycle threw the grenade at the front of the precinct along Arellano Street before he turned right to Espiritu Street and sped away.

“We have nabbed several suspected drug pushers lately. Maybe they just want to get even,” said the source who asked not to be identified.

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