Misamis Oriental blast suspect had personal issues with DENR official – PNP

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 29) — The suspect behind the explosion in a Misamis Oriental school initially wanted to confront a local environment official due to a personal grudge, the Philippine National Police said on Friday.

PNP spokesperson Bernard Banac said the suspect, Ebrahim Ampaso Basher, stormed the office of an unnamed official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources on Thursday.

"Ang suspek ay napag-alaman na may problemang personal laban sa isang kawani ng local DENR doon sa lugar. Diumano ay may dala itong patalim at hinahabol ang kaniyang nirereklamo. Noong hindi niya matagpuan, pilit na buksan ang opisina ng lokal na DENR at pinagsasaksak ang pintuan," he said in a media briefing.

[Translation: We found that the suspect had personal issues with a local DENR officer. He was allegedly carrying a bladed weapon and tried to tear down the official's office door.]

He said this happened minutes before the suspect charged towards Initiao College and threw a grenade, which killed Police Senior Master Sergeant Jason Magno and injured several students. The suspect was fatally shot by another police officer.

Banac said they have ruled out the possibility that the suspect was linked to terror groups.

Meanwhile, Magno's kin will receive over P550,000 plus burial benefits for his heroic act. He reportedly shielded the grenade to avoid a more catastrophic scene.

"Police Senior Master Sergeant Magno made a supreme sacrifice by covering the grenade with his own body to save innocent civilian lives," he said.

PNP Officer-in-Charge Archie Gamboa is expected to visit Magno's wake after the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games wrap up on December 11.