Man dies while police, military get rid of explosives
MANILA – A man died of alleged suffocation while the police and the military were disposing assorted ordnance in Datu Hoffer town, Maguindanao last Saturday.
Bailyn Kadidisan, daughter of 60-year-old victim Kiatao Kadidisan, said they were not informed that there will be a disposal of ordnance in their area.
"Hindi namin alam na may sasabog, natakot ang tatay ko…inatake siya ng sakit na tapos nagsuka ng dugo". Kadidisan said.
Kiatao was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
Dr . Tahir Sulaik, Integrated Health Officer of Maguindanao, said the victim's death was due to tuberculosis which may have been aggravated by the thick smoke that the ordnance disposal produced.
"Hindi natin masasabi talaga na dahil dun sa pagsabog ang ikinamatay ng pasyente, matagal na rin kasi siyang diagnosed na may sakit na TB, kaya nagsuka ng dugo. Maaaring na-trigger lang, maaaring nagkataon lang din". Tahir said.
Shariff Aguak Mayor Bai Zahara Ampatuan said she was not also not informed of the disposal operation of the PNP.
"Nakakasama talaga ng loob, sana respetuhin naman kami, hindi ko talaga alam ito…Nung sumabog kahit ako ninerbyos akala ko sa gate ko may sumabog kasi grabe ang lakas, ang mga tao sa palengke nagtakbuhan". Ampatuan said.
Datu Hoffer is a neighboring town of Shariff Aguak in Maguindanao.
"Oo, sa Datu Hoffer ginawa ang disposal pero ang lapit-lapit lang niyan sa amin. Sana nakipag-coordinate sila ng maayos pati sa amin," Ampatuan said.
Maguindano Police Director Sr. Supt. Rodelio Jocson, however, claimed that the activity was properly coordinated with the local government of Datu Hoffer.
"Well coordinated ito, alam 'to ng mga barangay kapitan…hindi naman namin ito gagawin kung alam naming makakasama sa mga residente," Jocson said.