2 killed in Batangas blast

AN explosion inside a subdivision in Sto. Tomas, Batangas killed a couple and injured their 5-year old son shortly before noon yesterday, a Police Regional Office 4-A report said.

Police said that the blast took place inside the Madison Garden Subdivision in Barangay San Roque in Sto. Tomas town around 11 in the morning killing Jerwin Salazar and his wife Joy on the spot. Their son Jorel was injured and is still undergoing treatment at the St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.

Police Regional Office 4-A director, Chief Superintendent Edward E. Carranza said residents in the area told police they heard a loud explosion inside a  fenced lot located at the farthest end of the subdivision and later discovered the bodies of the two still unidentified victims.

Recovered at the crime scene were more or less 1,000 improvised blasting caps and several rolls of timing fuse consistent with those being used for quarrying, mining or for illegal fishing, Carranza said.

The official said that the site was surrounded by uninhabited houses and empty lots.

“The remains of the victims were found scattered  in the area while their badly wounded child was found outside and was immediately rushed to the hospital,” he said.

Batangas Police Provincial Office director, Senior Supt. Edwin Quilates said that their initial investigation showed that the explosion took place in a house which is being used to manufacture blasting caps or detonators.

He said that an uninhabited  3-storey building located just beside the site of the explosion also incurred heavy damage with most of its glass windows blown up by the blast.

An investigation into the incident is still underway particularly on what’s the purpose of the slain victims in manufacturing the blasting caps.

A team of investigators from the PRO4-A Explosives and Ordnance Disposal Team, the Regional Crime Laboratory Office 4-A and the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Sto. Tomas Rescue Team rushed to the site to retrieve the dead and the wounded and conduct an investigation, according to local police chief, Supt. Harry Depositar.