STA. ROSA, Nueva Ecija – Eight days before the election, a grenade explosion rocked the house of the president of the Association of Barangay Captains in this city and wounded an incumbent barangay kagawad.
Injured was barangay councilor Dante Castro, 49, of Bgy. Del Pilar, this municipality.
Police Col. Leon Victor Rosete said Castro sustained multiple abrasions, lacerated wounds on the elbow and several blast wounds on the foot and pelvis.
The victim was rushed to the nearby Nueva Ecija Doctor’s Hospital in Cabanatuan City for emergency treatment.
An unidentified man wearing helmet and black jacket and riding a Yamaha Mio motorcycle pulled over in front of the Marcelo house in Bgy. Del Pilar and lobbed the grenade inside.
The grenade attack occurred at 3:50 p.m. on Sunday.
Rosete said it was found out that the explosive used was a MK3 fragmentation grenade.
Recovered at the blast site were the grenade’s safety lever, four fragments, and parts of its fuse assembly.
Police are investigating if the attack was politically-motivated.