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3 fishermen die in Masbate dynamite blast

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By Niño Luces

CAMP OLA, Albay – Three fishermen were killed when an unidentified suspect threw a suspected dynamite that exploded near the victims’ boat while fishing in the waters off Barangay Danao in Balud town, Masbate province on Monday evening.

Police Major Malu Calubaquib, Police Regional Office 5 (PRO-5) spokesperson identified the victims as Arthur Villaruel, Lito Salvana, and Rosel Reyes, all residents of Barangay Panubigan, Balud, Masbate.

Initial investigation disclosed that while the victims, along with two other companions were fishing, suspects onboard a motorized boat threw a dynamite that exploded at least 15 meters from them.

The blast was so severe that Villaruel, Salvana and Reyes were killed instantaneously.

Calubaquib said the motive of the incident has yet to be determined while investigation was still ongoing to determine the identity of the suspects.

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