MANILA, Philippines [UPDATED] – At least 3 people were reported injured from simultaneous explosions in Puerto Princesa and El Nido in Palawan, according to a GMA News report Thursday evening, April 5.
The blast in the capital city was traced to an explosive put in a sack of rice. The explosion occurred near a bus terminal and gas station about 4 kilometers away from the city.
Injured in the Puerto Princesa explosion were tricycle driver Cenon Magdayo, 75 and his passenger Marivic Arias, 28, according to police.
The Agence France-Presse reported that the tricycle driver suffered bruises to the forehead and unspecified injuries on the ankle, while the woman casualty there was also injured in the ankle.
An earlier blast was reported in the mainland of El Nido, a known resort town, at about 5:30 pm, not in the better-known El Nido Resorts as earlier reported. The blast occurred about 10 minutes before the Puerto Princesa explosion.
An explosive was found to have been placed inside a garbage bin in front of Entalula Cottages, a small, mid-priced beachfront accommodation on the northern part of the town proper.
Aizagay Mallary, 23, a cook at the resort, was reportedly injured.
An off-the-beaten path tourist destination, the El Nido resort town is on the northern tip of mainland Palawan, difficult to reach by land and expensive by air. The town is currently handling the seasonal burst of tourists — mostly foreigners — who seek the tropical sun and secret lagoons.
The blast, according to GMA News, shattered some of the windows of the cottages and damaged the windshield of a vehicle near the garbage bin.
The explosion in Puerto Princesa was meant as a threat, Local Governments Secretary Jesse Robredo told GMA News. – with reports from Agence France-Presse and Lala Rimando