ILOCOS SUR - A hand grenade exploded in front of a store in barangay Padu Grande, Sto. Domingo, early Friday morning.
The store owner, 62-year-old Caridad Javinar, regularly slept in the store but was luckily unhurt despite shrapnel damaging the place.
“Hindi pa rin mawala 'yung takot ko. Ano ba 'to, tatakutin kami o papatayin?” Caridad, still in shock, said after the incident.
(My fear still won't go away. What's this, was this intended to strike fear in us or kill us?)
Initial investigation revealed that two men on board a motorcyle slowed down in front of the store.
A few seconds after the two left, an explosion was heard in the area.
Caridad believes that the two unidentified men were the culprits.
“Yung motorsiklo na ginamit pamilyar siya sa akin, sa amin taga dito lang din o sa kalapit na barangay ang mga gumawa nito. Kung ano ang rason nila yan ang hindi ko na alam o maisip pa sa ngayon,” Caridad added.
(The motorcycle they used is familiar to me. The culprits are from here or from a nearby barangay. What their motive is, I still don't know.)
Recovered from the area were fragmentation metallic shrapnel and a safety lever of an M2K fragmentation hand grenade.