The Northern Mindanao regional police leadership has relieved Senior Supt. Gerardo Rosales as director of the Cagayan de Oro City Police following the grenade explosion at a money-lending firm which left eight people injured.

Chief Supt. Gil Hitosis, Northern Mindanao regional police director, said he ordered Rosales’ “administrative relief” over the latter’s failure to prevent Wednesday’s explosion, the second to hit the city in just a little over a month.

“Kinausap ko na sila (Cagayan de Oro City Police) noon na galingan ang pagbabantay para ma-prevent ‘yung mga ganitong klaseng incident at ang binigay ko sa kanilang directive is that the chief PNP wouldn’t want to hear another explosion,” Hitosis said in a phone interview.

“He (Rosales) is not yet relieved per se, but he can no longer function as the city director… we are just applying uniformity of law,” the regional police chief added.

Last Oct. 11, a bomb exploded outside the Maxandria Hotel at the corner of J.R. Borja st. and Aguinaldo st. in the city proper.

Two civilians were killed and two policemen were wounded in the blast. Another improvised explosive device was found under a news crew’s pick-up in the city the same day.

Meanwhile, Hitosis said investigators have yet to determine the motive for Wednesday’s explosion at the Golden Sun Finance Corp. branch along C.M. Recto Ave., Brgy. Lapasan.

The blast came from an MK-2 grenade that was set up like a “booby-trap” on the establishment’s accordion door. (John Roson)

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