Leyte blast victims cry for justice

HILONGOS, Leyte — It was supposed to be night of fun for townsfolk here, but it turned out to be a nightmare after an improvised explosive device went off Wednesday night, wounding them.

The 32 blast victims on Thursday called for swift justice over what happened to them.

Joseph Bryan Bohol, 24, said that it was his first time to watch a boxing match at the town plaza. He was standing near the water tank where one of the improvised explosive devices was set up by suspects.

“Everything turned dark after the blast. I ran elsewhere for safety, but another bomb exploded. I was frightened and called for help,” said Bohol, who suffered wounds on his right leg, back and right hips.

He was with his fellow construction worker from nearby Matalom town when he went to the town plaza. He is still clueless of what happened to his friend.

Traumatized by this experience, Bohol, a father of three, promised that will never watch a boxing fight in his hometown again.

John Rey Lamo, 15, sustained wounds on his arms and legs. A boxer himself, Lamo went to the plaza to watch the event.

He was also standing near the water tank where the bomb was detonated. He also witnessed the second explosion in less than a minute.

“Put them on jail because we want justice,” Lamo said, referring to the blast suspects.

Sarah Nemis, whose daughter Mary Grace, 12 was also hit by shrapnel from explosive device, also cries for justice.

“I hope that police arrest them so they could pay for what they did to my daughter and other victims. They should also feel what we are feeling right now,” she said. The three victims are now confined at the Hilongos District Hospital.

The police have been reviewing the recorded CCTV footage for possible identification of the suspects. Follow up investigation is still ongoing.

Hilongos town is about 152 kilometers south of Tacloban City, the regional capital. It is a second class town in Leyte with regular daily ferry trips to Cebu and Bohol. Roel Amazona/PNA-northboundasia.com