Camp Kangleon, Palo, Leyte, Jan 4, 2017 – PCSUPT ELMER C BELTEJAR, the Regional Director of Police Regional Office 8 expresses high hopes that the Special Investigation Task Group will soon identify the suspects of Hilongos Blast on the evening of December 28, 2016 at the Plaza Rizal in Brgy. Central Poblacion, Hilongos, Leyte.
Initial Investigation disclosed that prior to the explosion while the amateur boxing event was held at the Plaza Rizal, three (3) unidentified malefactors were seen discreetly leaving the blast sites near the boxing ring as caught in the Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) when its hard drive was reviewed for investigation purposes.
As stated by SITG Commander PSSUPT ALLAN T CUEVILLAS, DRDO,” We already have a lead towards the solution of the incident but we cannot divulge information yet as it may compromise the on-going investigation.”
A SOCO investigation revealed the following pieces of evidence recovered from the blast scene such as components from pieces of 60mm and 81mm Mortar projectile placed in two separate locations detonated by cellphones.
The PNP recorded thirty five (35) persons injured during the blast based on the additional data provided by Leyte Police Provincial Office and as of press time, only three (3) injured persons are still confined in Leyte Provincial Hospital, Palo, Leyte.
Furthermore, the PNP encourages the public to report immediately to the police any suspicious persons and items as well as help the police and other law enforcement agencies by providing relevant and timely information that will lead to the identification and eventual arrest of the suspect/s through social media (Twitter – @Pro8Pcrd or Facebook Page – PNP RegionEight) or through the following: Dial 117 or text 2920; RPCRD 09173238683/09088146421; RTOC 09173114794/09478907155 and Isumbong Mo Kay Tsip 09178475757.