1 of 4 students hurt in Zambo Sur school explosion dies

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur — One of the four students wounded in a grenade explosion early Wednesday expired while undergoing treatment at the Provincial Medical Center in this city.

Marivic Jongco, provincial information officer, said she was informed by the attending physician that Rodulfo Halius, 17, expired hours after he was admitted for treatment.

Halius was one of the four students who were injured when the 40-millimeter (mm) grenade he and his classmates were playing with exploded at a school in the nearby town of Lakewood.

Lt. Col. Virgilio Hamos, Army’s 53rd Infantry Battalion commander, disclosed the incident took place around 7:20 a.m. Wednesday, February 22, in the Comprehensive National High School, Barangay Poblacion, Lakewood municipality.

The other three victims were identified as follows: Jonny Daluyon, 13; Alona Fe Cabral, 14; and Treshea Mae Calmonte, 13.

Halius and Daluyon were in critical condition when they were taken to the Provincial Medical Center in this city.

Initial investigation showed Daluyon on Tuesday brought to the school the 40-mm grenade coming from Mount Serungan, Lakewood.

The 40-mm grenade is a military weapon fired from shoulder grenade launchers.

Hamos said Daluyon and his classmates played, tinkered with and buried the grenade before they went home Tuesday afternoon.

Upon arrival in school Wednesday morning, the students unearthed and played with the 40-mm grenade which then exploded.

“They unwittingly dropped it that caused its explosion,” Hamos said.

Jongco said the provincial government through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) is conducting an assessment in preparation for the granting of financial assistance to the victims.

She said the attending physician is closely monitoring the health condition of the other three victims. HIROHITO CADION/PNA-northboundasia.com