5. Another blast rocks Kabacan

KIDAPAWAN CITY -- Another grenade explosion rocked the town of Kabacan in North Cotabato around 3:45 a.m. Monday, the second in just three days, reports said.

David Don Saure, head of the Kabacan municipal disaster risk reduction and management office, said the explosive was fired at from an M79 grenade launcher positioned from a distance.

Saure said the grenade landed and went off in front of the office of the Commission on Elections located inside the compound of the local government unit of Kabacan.

No one was hurt during the blast, he said.

Kabacan Mayor Herlo Guzman hinted the explosive was meant for him.

"My perceived enemies knew I was sleeping inside the town hall. I know the group behind these blasts is out to destroy me," said Guzman, who admitted having received several death threats since he became the chairman of Poblacion of Kabacan.

Guzman said the grenade blasts took place after he intensified his campaign against illegal drugs and the "No License, No Plate" travel policy.

"I have started this campaign against illegal drugs since I was the chairman of Poblacion of Kabacan. I won't stop in this fight. I want to rid this town of illegal drugs," the mayor said.

Reports reaching Kabacan police said big-time drug syndicates are operating within the Poblacion area.

Kabacan has also become the transshipment of illegal drugs coming from different areas in Cotabato City and Maguindanao, reports said.

The blast was the second since last week.

On Friday night, a 40mm grenade exploded in front of the house of a para-military trooper identified as Eddie Antolin wounding him and three other members of his family.
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