Blast rocks ex-cop’s house in Cotabato

By Noel Punzalan

March 1, 2019, 12:16 pm

COTABATO CITY – A grenade exploded outside the house of a former police officer in this city on Thursday night.

Police Col. Michael Lebanan, city police director, said that family members of ex-policeman Rudy Payag of Sitio LR Sebastian, Barangay Rosary Heights 10, are all safe as the grenade exploded at the back of the house.

“The grenade landed at a muddy section of Payag’s house, suppressing in a way the explosive’s shrapnel effect,” Lebanan said.

Payag, for his part, said he and his family were about to sleep at about 9:30 p.m. when they heard a thud on their roof, followed seconds later by a loud explosion.

“The hard object rolled on our roof and landed at the mud-covered back portion of our house. Then suddenly, a loud explosion stunned us,” he told reporters here in an interview Friday.

Fortunately, he said no one in his family was hurt from the incident.

Payag claimed he has no known enemies since retiring from the police service several years ago.

Authorities are still investigating the case. (PNA)