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Hand grenade thrown at judge's house in Cotabato City

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – At least one hand grenade was thrown at the house of Maguindanao Municipal Trial Court Judge Angelito Rasalan on Sunday night, January 20, the eve of the Bangsamoro plebiscite. 

There were no casualties. 

Philippine National Police Cotabato Station 2 commander Police Chief Inspector Efren Salazar said the grenade was thrown at around 9 pm over the gate of Rasalan's home in Mother Rosario Heights, Cotabato City.  

Rasalan's brother Aniceto said he suspects the incident may be connected to cases the judge handled.

Aniceto is the secretary of Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi, who has been campaigning against the inclusion of her city in the proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

The police said they consider two men as suspects. The men were seen riding a motorcycle to Rasalan's house. 

As of posting, the police have not pinned down a motive for the attack.

An explosive ordnance disposal team processing the site recovered one safety lever and one pull ring of MK2 fragmentation hand grenade. – Rappler.com

Sofia Tomacruz

Sofia Tomacruz covers foreign affairs, the overseas Filipino workers, and elections. She also writes stories on the treatment of women and children. Follow her on Twitter @sofiatomacruz. Email her at sofia.tomacruz@rappler.com.

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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada covers the Office of the President and Bangsamoro regional issues for Rappler. While helping out with desk duties, she also watches the environment sector and the local government of Quezon City. For tips or story suggestions, you can reach her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.

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