By John Unson
Publish in Philstar.com
BUKIDNON - Four passengers were hurt Thursday when a powerful explosion ripped through a bus in Maramag town in the province while en route to Cagayan de Oro City.
The victims identified as Paquito Jivares, 61; Lyn Quadero, 21; Diolola Fostanes, 36 and Daniel Sincero, 45, were seated near the engine at the rear of the Rural Transit Bus, where the improvised explosive device was planted.
Inspector Jiselle Lou Longakit, speaking on behalf of the Bukidnon provincial police office, said the bus came from Tacurong City in Central Mindanao, bound for Cagayan de Oro City.
The blast damaged the engine and shattered the protective glass panes at the rear sides of the bus.
Dozens of buses and business establishments in Tacurong City and nearby towns in the neighboring Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao provinces have been bombed by extortionists.
Longakit said the wounded passengers have been declared out of danger by doctors at the hospital where they were brought for medication.
Responding police ordnance experts are still trying to determine the type of bomb used in the attack.