3 hurt in Baguio grenade blast
MANILA, Philippines - Three people were hurt after a grenade exploded in Burnham Park, Baguio City Sunday, February 24.
The victims, identified as Jenard Palomique, Joseph Espadz, and security guard Gilbert Salvador, sustained minor injuries due to the explosion, which occurred past 7 am.
Radio reports said a man allegedly threw a grenade at the office of the Baguio Civilian Volunteer Against Crime in Burnham Park.
The anti-crime group received threats prior the attack, the same reports said, quoting police.
Cordillera regional police head Chief Superintendent Benjamin Magalong told GMA News TV Live that the explosion did not affect the Panagbenga Flower Festival, which was attended by an estimated 1.7 million people.
He said police boosted security at the festival following the attack.
The festival, which draws in thousands of tourists every year, showcases giant floats made of flowers and is remembered for its street dance parade that highlights local music and culture.
Delegates of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce from Toronto, Canada graced this year's festival, which was led by Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Rep Bernardo Vergara. - with reports from Purple Romero/Rappler.com