Eleazar orders probe into grenade attack allegedly targeting Mangudadatu convoy

Published October 25, 2021, 10:42 AM

by Aaron Recuenco 

Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), ordered on Monday, Oct. 25, a thorough investigation into a grenade blast near a military detachment in Maguindanao on Saturday, particularly in the possibility that the attack was intended for Maguindanao Rep. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu.

The grenade blast happened just as a convoy of some 20 to 30 vehicles of Mangudadatu and his group passed by the military detachment in Guindulungan, Maguindanao last Saturday.

“Our police investigators should not leave any stone unturned in determining the motive and identifying the perpetrator of the grenade blast. We will look into all angles,” said Eleazar.

Initial information stated that a hand grenade was thrown towards the direction of the Philippine Army detachment, which then exploded. Mangudadatu’s convoy was passing nearby when the blast happened.

Mangudadatu is eyeing the gubernatorial post of the province in the 2022 national and local elections.

Eleazar also directed all police units and offices in the region to remain vigilant and to work with the military to prevent any attacks from lawless elements, especially during this election season.