CDO blast death toll climbs to 8

The death toll from the Cagayan De Oro City blast on Friday night has now climbed to eight.

Dr. Marciano Jun Agustin died at 6:15 am today while admitted at the Intensive Care Unit of the Poly-Medic Plaza.
 
Unilab Philippines employee Reynaldo Dalupan also died Sunday night.

The number of injuries from the blast has risen to 48 but most have already been released from the hospital.

The blast ripped through a restaurant in the Limketkai mall in the city Friday night.

President Aquino has ordered a thorough investigation into the bombing.

Palace Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the president wants proper procedures in the investigation to be followed. 

There are speculations that the attack was meant to derail the peace talks between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government but Valte said they would leave the matter to the investigators.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said a full-blown investigation is ongoing on the Cagayan De Oro bombing with police from Camp Crame helping local investigators.

The military and police were placed on heightened alert as a result of the attack

Meanwhile, Cagayan De Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno said they had a conference with the police, city officials, and stakeholders and conducted a re-enactment of the scene.

“There have been good leads already, but I’m afraid I’m not at liberty this time to discuss them in public, given that we don’t want to undermine or set-back the gains so far achieved by our investigators,” he said in an interview with ANC.

The local government of Cagayan De Oro has extended assistance to those who were injured in the blast.

For more of Headstart, click here.

ANC RECOMMENDS

  • H&M Summer Collection

    H&M Summer Collection

    H&M Summer Collection

    [CITYSCAPE] It's time once again to ditch the heavy jackets and slip into your favorite tanks because summer is upon us! And since clothing brand H&M is fast becoming a household name here in the metro, we thought we'd check out their latest offerings even before they the shelves. For more of Cityscape, click here .

  • Donaire marks PH return in 'Pinoy Pride 30: D-Day'

    Donaire marks PH return in 'Pinoy Pride 30: D-Day'

    Donaire marks PH return in 'Pinoy Pride 30: D-Day'

    Former world boxing champion Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire Jr. is set to make his return to the squared circle as he faces Brazilian William Prado on March 28 at the main event of "Pinoy Pride 30: D-Day." The bout, which will be for the vacant North American Boxing Federation super bantamweight title, will take place at the Mall of Asia Arena. It will be the first time he will fight in his own turf since he defeated Raul Martinez via a 4th-round stoppage at the Araneta Coliseum in 2009.

  • Sulu, Tawi-Tawi have some reservations for BBL

    Sulu, Tawi-Tawi have some reservations for BBL

    Sulu, Tawi-Tawi have some reservations for BBL

    Top officials of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi express their support for President Aquino amid calls for his resignation. But they were not as unanimous in supporting the passage of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law.

  • DOJ got vital info from witnesses in Mamamsapano

    DOJ got vital info from witnesses in Mamamsapano

    DOJ got vital info from witnesses in Mamamsapano

    The Justice Department says it got valuable testimony from vital witnesses in Mamasapano, Maguindanao - site of the encounter that led to the death of 44 SAF troopers, 18 MILF members, and a number of civilians.

  • Classes suspended in Maguindanao amid clashes

    Classes suspended in Maguindanao amid clashes

    Classes suspended in Maguindanao amid clashes

    As military offensives against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Maguindanao forced thousands to flee their homes. 7,000 students in 16 schools won't be going to class anytime soon.

MOST POPULAR ON ANC

  • Who are the 2 Filipinos on FBI's most wanted list?
    Who are the 2 Filipinos on FBI's most wanted list?

    Two Filipino terrorists remain on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) most wanted terrorist list.

  • Bong Revilla files plea to visit son Jolo
    Bong Revilla files plea to visit son Jolo

    The camp of detained Sen. Ramon ''Bong'' Revilla Jr. has filed a petition before the Sandiganbayan asking that the senator be allowed to visit his son, Cavite Vice-Governor Jolo Revilla, at the hospital.

  • Bong Revilla allowed to visit son Jolo
    Bong Revilla allowed to visit son Jolo

    The Sandiganbayan First Division is allowing detained Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. to visit his son, Cavite Vice-Governor Jolo Revilla, at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center.

  • MILF asked to explain 'photos with Abu Sayyaf'
    MILF asked to explain 'photos with Abu Sayyaf'

    Some senators on Tuesday asked the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) officials to explain new photos allegedly showing MILF members training with the Abu Sayyaf in Panglima Estimo, Sulu.

  • Palace: Lives of 74 families who joined 'camps' have improved
    Palace: Lives of 74 families who joined 'camps' have improved

    Malacañang on Saturday said at least 74 families who joined the camping activities during Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines last January are now experiencing better living conditions.

  • AFP, PNP hold unity walk along EDSA
    AFP, PNP hold unity walk along EDSA

    Amid coup rumors and the controversy over the Mamasapano encounter, members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) held a unity walk along EDSA as part of the People Power celebration.

  • Crime alert: Scammers using 'Fallen 44'
    Crime alert: Scammers using 'Fallen 44'

    Authorities are now warning the public against a scam wherein the 44 fallen Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) are bring used to trick people into parting with their cash.

  • Sen. Bong Revilla worried about son's condition
    Sen. Bong Revilla worried about son's condition

    The spokesperson of the Revilla family on Saturday said Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. was saddened by the news of the accidental shooting of his son, Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla.

  • 2 minority solons push for Enrile house arrest
    2 minority solons push for Enrile house arrest

    Two minority congressmen are seeking house arrest for detained Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.

  • Military conducts operation vs. BIFF
    Military conducts operation vs. BIFF

    Residents of Barangay Maitomaig in Datu Unsay town in Maguindanao have started to pack their things and flee their homes following after reports that armed men had blocked GenSan-Cotabato National Highway using tires which caused motorists to stop and go back.