Quote for the Week..

"Why are the country’s political leaders quick to act on amending the Constitution to change nationalistic provisions for the benefit of foreigners or to extend their terms of office but are allergic to amending the Constitution to address the people’s aspirations for self-determination?" - Marvic Leonen,Dean of the UP College of Law, in a keynote address delivered at the 1st International Solidarity Conference on Mindanao; March 16-18, 2009 in Davao City, Philippines.


Sunday, January 4, 2009

8 hurt in Tacurong carnival blast

KORONADAL CITY, Philippines – At least eight people were injured when a grenade exploded in a carnival in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat at around 7:15 p.m. Saturday, a military official said.

The victims were immediately rushed to a local hospital due to shrapnel wounds, said Col. Marlou Salazar, commander of the Army's 601st Infantry Brigade.

The victims were identified as Joylyn Francisco, 19 ; Rio Delgado, 27; Janice Atanoso, 23; Alma Macabodbod, 55; Nasser Mangenyog, 24; Pogi Utto Dituas, Baldo Kanyang and Arman Dinggal.

“We cannot say who was responsible as of yet,” Salazar said.

On Dec. 31, 30 people were also injured when a grenade exploded at the Oval Plaza in General Santos City during the city government-sponsored Paskuhan sa Gensan.

Prior to that, explosion also ripped through several areas of Central Mindanao.

While the police said they were not pointing to any group, they were not discounting the possibility that Moro rebels were behind the explosions, a charge that the MILF has repeatedly denied.(By Jeoffrey Maitem)

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