A blast, which possibly came from a grenade or a bomb, happened inside Camp Carlos Delgado in Catarman last Wednesday at around 3 P.M. The blast occurred while about 300 Colegio de San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila (CSLRM) students were gathered at the Camp Carlos Delgado's basketball court to watch a game, which was part of the school’s founding anniversary celebration. Two students died and two others, including a 6-year-old boy, suffered injuries.
The fatalities were identified as Gilmark Marino, 18, a student of the Colegio de San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila (CSLRM), and Robert Rominez, 11, Grade 5 student of Catarman 1 Central Elementary School.
The two injured were 6-year-old Rafael Mendez, a daycare pupil at Camp Delgado, and Michael Guevarra, 21, also a student of CSLRM, who were hit by the blast. The two suffered serious injuries in different parts of their bodies.
The cause of the explosion is still under investigation but some witnesses said they saw the two younger victims, Rominez and Mendez, playing with an unidentified object at the “restricted” firing range, about a hundred meters away from the crowd.