AGOO, La Union – Senior Superintendent Angelito Dumangeng, La Union police director said here that the target of the bomb explosion on Saturday in Agoo town was 2nd district Representative Eufranio Erigguel.
“Politics is the motive in this incident because the target is Congressman Eriguel,” Dumangeng said.”Yes, political rivals are behind the attack,”he said, without naming names.
Dumangeng said security in Agoo town, which is one of the six areas in the province under ‘election watch-list,’ has been tightened as military personnel were deployed yesterday to augment the police forces therein.
Dumangeng said they already have leads on the perpetrators of the bomb attack and joint personnel from the Explosive and Ordnance Division of the police and military are now conducting investigation on the matter.
The incident happened just 50 meters away from Eriguel’s house in Barangay Sta. Barabara. The lawmaker was about to go on a campaign sortie when his back-up vehicle, a van carrying the four victims, was hit by the bomb explosion.
The bomb, which was planted in a parked motorcycle, was detonated through a remote control that came a few seconds late and missed Eriguel’s car.
Eriguel’s car suffered minor damages but the back-up vehicle was severely damaged.
The injured victims were SPO2 Jack Baguan, Eriguel’s police escort; Eriguel’s aides Samuel Ofiaza and Anthony Casem; and Jovanne Cacayuran, the driver.
There were unconfirmed reports reports that said Cacayuran who was still in critical condition yesterday, has died at the Ilocos
Training and Medical Center in San Fernando City, where the three other victims are still recuperating., JUN ELIAS / northboundasia.com