AGOO, La Union – La Union’s 2nd District Representative Eufranio Eriguel has offered P500,000 reward money for anyone who can provide information on the identities of the suspects who perpetrated the bombing incident on Saturday, that killed his driver and injured three of his close-in security aides.
Jovanne Cacayuran, the driver, died Monday afternoon at the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center in San Fernando City. He died of head injuries caused by shrapnel shells.
The three injured victims, SPO2 Jack Baguan, Eriguel’s police escort, Samuel Ofiaza and Anthony Casem, are still recuperating from serious injuries.
“We are willing to give P500,000 to anyone who can identify the person or persons who masterminded the attempt on my life and the murder of our driver. We urge you to please go to the police for any leads that would point to the suspects,” Eriguel said in a press statement.
Eriguel said authorities have investigated the cause of the explosion and have traced the owner of the motorcycle used in the bomb attack.
“However, investigators have yet to identify the mastermind behind this very cruel and violent act which caused not only the death of my supporter, but more so, terrified the people of La Union,” he said.
Senior Superintendent Angelito Dumangeng, La Union police director, disclosed that Eriguel was the target of the bomb explosion, saying that politics had something to do with it.
The incident happened just 50 meters away from Eriguel’s house in Barangay Sta. Barabara on Saturday. 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 blast.
Police said the bomb, which was planted in a parked motorcycle, was detonated through a remote control that came a few seconds late and missed him and his car.
Eriguel’s car suffered minor damages but the back-up vehicle was severely damaged. Jun Elias/ northboundasia.com