Bomb explodes in Sulu mayor’s Zambo compound

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr.

October 24, 2019, 7:39 pm

EXPLOSION. Scene of the Crime Operatives inspect the area inside the compound of Mayor Asri Taib in Bienvenido Drive, Barangay Canelar, Zamboanga City where an improvised bomb exploded early Thursday (October 24). Authorities ruled out the incident as an act of terrorism. (Photo courtesy Remus L. Ong)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Residents of a village here were roused by the explosion of an improvised bomb in front of the home of a Sulu town mayor in this city around 4 a.m. Thursday, officials said.

Capt. Edwin Duco, Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) information officer, said the blast happened inside the compound of Mayor Asri Taib of Pangutaran, Sulu in Bienvenido Drive, Barangay Canelar, this city.

Duco said no one was either killed or injured in the explosion. Jalousie glass windows and the windshield of a sports utility vehicle, owned by the family of Taib, were damaged.

Col. Antonio John Divinagracia, Task Force Zamboanga commander, ruled out the incident was an act of terrorism since it was intended for the town mayor.

Duco said they are looking at politics as a possible motive, noting the intense political rivalry in Pangutaran, Sulu.

“This is a low-intensity type of explosive,” said Divinagracia, who inspected the blast site.

Amilhamja Taib, former mayor of Pangutaran and father of the incumbent mayor, said they had not received any threat prior to the incident.

The elder Taib said he was stunned as he had just awakened when the explosion happened.

He said they had no security at the time of the incident because the two policemen detailed to his son, the incumbent mayor, went home Wednesday to Sulu.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Froilan Quidilla, Police Regional Office-9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) director, said the incident was an isolated case and urged the public to remain calm but vigilant.

Quidilla also called on residents to immediately report the presence of suspicious-looking persons in their community. (PNA)