Sarangani Governor Rene Miguel Dominguez. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)
KIDAPAWAN CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / April 26, 2010) – An improvised bomb exploded Monday at a convoy carrying a provincial governor in the southern Philippines.
The bomb exploded between the car of Sarangani governor Miguel Rene Dominguez and his aides while traveling to the town of Glan on his way to meet former defense chief Gilberto Teodoro Jr who is now running in next month’s presidential polls.
It was unclear who planted the bomb, but Dominguez said he was not hurt in the explosion. “I am okay,” he said.
The blast occurred hours after security forces arrested four people for carrying illegal weapons in the town, whose mayor Enrique Yap, was the target of an assassination attempt.
The four men - Jimmy Mier, Alfredo Macabayao, Fredie Mendes and Ronald
Elorde – were arrested after they flagged down Yap’s vehicle. The mayor sped off after seeing the armed men and sought police help.
Police and military seized an M16 rifle and a .45-caliber pistol from the men who were in two vans during a chase. It was unknown whether the four suspects are followers of rival candidates or not. (Mindanao Examiner)