3 guards hurt in blast at dis­puted lot

The Philippine Star - - METRO - – Marc Jayson Cayabyab

Three se­cu­rity guards were in­jured in an ex­plo­sion at a dis­puted prop­erty in Caloocan on Fri­day.

The ex­plo­sion fol­lowed a com­mo­tion in­volv­ing the guards of Carmel De­vel­op­ment Inc. and the res­i­dents of Pan­garap Vil­lage be­fore dawn on Fri­day.

Wit­nesses told po­lice a man with a shot­gun fired at the ground be­fore the ex­plo­sion, as the res­i­dents con­fronted the guards, whom they blamed for a fire at a saris­ari store. The ex­plo­sion hap­pened just be­side the guards as they hid be­hind their ser­vice ve­hi­cle. Michael Mara­mag, Nel­son Vil­l­a­bos, and Ariel Te­jero were rushed to the hospi­tal.

An­other wit­ness also told po­lice about three men wear­ing bon­nets and armed with a still un­known cal­iber of firearm be­fore the ex­plo­sion.

The lot dis­pute be­tween the land de­vel­oper and res­i­dents stemmed from a com­plaint filed by a group of teach­ers against CDI for pre­vent­ing the restora­tion of power at the Pan­garap Ele­men­tary School and Pan­garap High School in Barangays 181 and 182.

Caloocan Re­gional Trial Court Branch 232 later granted the tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der against CDI, grant­ing the pe­ti­tion for TRO and writ of pre­lim­i­nary in­junc­tion filed by the teach­ers.

Pan­garap Vil­lage and CDI are locked in a land dis­pute af­ter the for­mer be­came a re­set­tle­ment area by virtue of a pres­i­den­tial de­cree is­sued by the late strong­man Fer­di­nand Mar­cos.

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