CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, 27July2013 – A member of the provincial board in Misamis Oriental and a doctor were among the six people killed while 37 others wounded in a bomb explosion amid a crowded restobar in the compound of a premier shopping mall here past 11:00 p.m. Friday night.
Killed were Dr. Erwin Malaray, Antonio Canete, RyanEstoce, Emmanuel Palapag, Antonio Paredes, and provincial board member Roldan Lagbas of Misamis Oriental.
Malamay and Lagbas were taken to the hospital but attending physicians declared them dead on arrival. The four other victims who were reportedly medical representatives died on the spot.
The 37 wounded were rushed to public and private hospitals here with 17 wounded at Polymedic Medical Plaza in Kauswagan, eight at Cagayan University Medical Center, four at Cagayan de Oro Medical Center, and eight at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center.
Chief Supt. Catalino Rodriguez, director of the regional Philippine National Police (PNP), said the explosion occurred about 11:30 Friday night outside the “Kyla’s Restobar” at the compound of the Limketkai Shopping Mall in Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City.
He said that witnesses had provided police investigators the description of a male suspect whose cartographic sketch was being processed.
Rodriguez said the suspect with a backpack reportedly went inside “Kyla’s Restobar” but went out a few minutes later and left the backpack on a chair near the restobar’s door entrance.
He said the explosion occurred about two minutes after the suspect left the area.
According to Rodriguez, the police were still determining the kind of explosive used although some investigators suspect the improvised explosive device has the markings of explosives used in some areas in Mindanao.He said that the police were investigating the motive of the bombing.
The bombing was the worse to occur in Cagayan de Oro City in recent years. (PNA)