MASANTOL -- A vintage hand grenade was allegedly thrown Thursday into a supermarket compound owned by Lakas-Kampi-CMD vice mayoralty candidate Alvin Ignacio. The grenade did not detonate.

“We were all shocked by the incident that a grenade was thrown into our supermarket. But we thank God it did not explode and hurt anyone or damage any property,” Ignacio said.

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He said the police investigating the case found two detonating pins in the grenade, one of each was already pulled out while the other was partially pulled, which could have created a big blast.

Ignacio hinted that the alleged grenade-throwing was politically motivated and election related.

“We are just so sad that in this small town of Masantol, which is not even included in the Commission on Elections’ watch list, something like this would happen. And it happened when I joined politics and as I aspired for the position of vice mayor,” said the first time political aspirant.

Elements of the police department in-charge of the probe declined to release any comment on the incident.

Ignacio said: “Kung sino man po kayo na gumawa nito huwag naman po sana nating daanin sa karahasan o sa isang sistema ng pananakot para makuha iyung posisyon kung politically motivated nga ito. Sana po ay doon tayo sa tamang pamamaraan lamang at huwag nating palabasin na magulo ang ating bayan ngayong eleksiyon.”