Boarding house owners urged to check their wards PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 May 2012 13:45

The city government has called on owners of boarding houses here to check on their occupants or wards to prevent similar incidents like the explosion that killed two people at a boarding house at Sitio Tabuk, barangay Baliwasan Grande Monday.

Mayor Celso Lobregat said boarding house owners must initially check on the status or employment of their occupants before accepting their stay in their facility.

He said accepting any boarder will be risky, since in the case of Monday’s explosion, the boarding house itself was destroyed.

The victims of the explosions were new occupants of rooms in the house and were said to be natives of Sulu.

A certain Ali died on the spot from the explosion that occurred at 5:17 p.m. Monday in Baliwasan Grande.

Another victim, Alfahad Diminsil, died from blast wounds at about 10 pm of Monday at the Zamboanga Brent Hospital.

Police investigators ruled out the possibility that the two were terrorists fabricating bombs as the case was just described as a “premature detonation.”
The two were believed to be making dynamites used in blast fishing in the seas surrounding the city, - a favorite method of catching a big volume of fish with only one or two blast.

Acting City Police Director Chief Supt. Mario Yanga said the blast was an accident.

The police have also arrested five persons including two pregnant women who were also boarding in the house destroyed by the blast that same Monday evening.

The males were released but the police are waiting for the husbands of the two women to appear at the police station and clear the matter up. — PIA