Personal grudge behind Bago Bantay blast, police say

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THE twin blasts that ripped through a neighborhood in Bago Bantay, Quezon City and damaged at least two vehicles was blamed on a personal grudge between a landlord and his tenant.

Quezon City Police District Acting Director, Sr. Supt Richard Albano on Friday said that the two successive explosions wrecked a light blue Hyundai Matrix with plate number XNW 533 and an Opel Vectra car which were parked alongside each other in front of a house being occupied by Charmaine Joy Tating and Virgilio Agito.

Albano said Agito, a student-boarder at said residence, was about to go to sleep at around 2:05 a.m. when he heard a loud explosion outside.

“Agito went downstairs and peeped through the window and he saw two malefactors running away from the scene of the explosion,” Albano said.

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Not long after, a second explosion damaged the two vehicles and the nearby property, said Supt. Gil Francis Tria, officer-in-charge of the QCPD District Public Safety Battalion who conducted an inspection and collection of evidence for chemical analysis.

Supt. Pedro Sanchez, station commander of Police Station 2, meanwhile, said four other houses owned by Gener Villa­mayor, Jocelyn Aquino and Estrelita Dela Torre were likewise hit by sharp objects.

Albano stressed that their investigation is on-going and they have enough witnesses to shed light on the explosions. Albano said his investigators would come out soon with probable suspects as they wrapped up their investigation.

Jing Villamente

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