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Boy killed, 2 injured in dynamite fishing in Masbate

By Rhaydz B. Barcia


LEGAZPI CITY --- A 23-year-old fisherman succumbed to death after the dynamite he placed inside a Tanduay bottle that he is about to be thrown into the sea suddenly exploded, reports from Police Regional Office 5 said.


Police Lt. Col. Maria Luisa “Malu” Calubaquib, PNP regional spokesperson, said that the incident took place on the seawaters off Barangay Nagarao in Placer, Masbate, more or less 10 kilometers away from Placer municipal police station.


Calubaquib identified the victim as Jake Gelboina Quiñones, single, and a resident of Barangay Nagarao, in Placer, Masbate.


Report said that Jake was fishing along with his father Archiebal Acuesta Quiñones, 44, and his two other siblings King Jake Quiñones, 15, and Jemar, 17.


Archiebal and King Jake were both injured while Jemar was unharmed.


A belated report in Camp General Simeon Ola said that at about 4:00 PM on April 14, 2023 a concerned citizen reported through cellular phone call to Placer municipal police station that a dynamite explosion transpired on the seawater off Nagarao.


In an investigation conducted by police authorities, it was learned that the victims were on a boat catching fish by using improvised dynamites.


When Jake Quiñones was about to throw the dynamite which was placed inside the Tanduay bottle, it suddenly exploded, resulting in his instantaneous death, Calubaquib said.


Jake’s father and his brother King Jake suffered physical injuries on different parts of their bodies and were brought to Provincial Hospital, Masbate City for medical treatment.

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