Couple die, son hurt 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  the blast took place inside the Madison Garden Subdivision in Barangay San Roque in Sto. Tomas town around 11 a.m.  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  victims.

Caranza said 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.

The official said  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,” Caranza added.

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

He said  an uninhabited  3-storey building located  beside the site of the explosion was also damaged with most of its glass windows blown out by the blast.

An investigation into the incident is still underway.

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,  said local police chief Supt. Harry Depositar.