2 killed, 11 wounded in Ayala grenade attack PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:42

Two aspirants for kagawad in the November 25 barangay election were killed, while the incumbent barangay chairman, his wife and nine others were wounded in a grenade attack in Barangay Ayala in the city’s west coast last Monday night.

Killed were Elvic Gregorio y Sierra, 36, married, and Cecilia “Vita” Ebol y Carpio, 43, single, both kagawad candidates.

Wounded were Ayala Barangay Chairman Diosterides Librero, 53, married, his wife Novelita, 49, Alex Macapili y Carpio, 47, married, Victoria “Darlene” Padernal y Gorit, 49, married, Edgar Enriquez y Flores, married, Edgar Torralba, married, — all incumbent kagawads,  Bernardito Bucoy y Santos, 54, driver, Daniel Carpio, 43, married, barangay utility man, Arcenio Agustin y Cuerda, married, BIN member, Reyner Salanguit y Jones, married, kagawad aspirant and Alvin Gernandez, 39, married.

A police report disclosed that Librero and his party mates were having a meeting (pulong-pulong) inside his residential compound in Calle San Miguel, when two men riding tandem on a motorcycle appeared and and the backrider lobbed two hand grenades on the group around 8 p.m.. Both grenades exploded.

The grenade throwers sped away after the twin explosions.

Gregorio died on the spot with multiple shrapnel wounds, while all other victims were rushed to the hospital where Ebol was declared dead on arrival.

Policemen led by OIC City Police Director Sr. Supt. Dennis Basngi and bomb experts rushed to the blast site, while men of the Ayala Police Station led by Sr. Insp. Edilberto Alvarez went on follow-up operations for the possible arrest of the perpetrators.

Police were looking into two angles — personal dispute and politics — as behind the deadly grenade attack.

Men of the Ayala police station were still conducting hot pursuit operations as of press time.

Barangay elections were moved to Nov.25 because of security concerns. Many schools in the city that would have been used as polling centers were also still being used as evacuation centers after the Zamboanga City crisis.  — Dan Toribio Jr.