Technically, yes. You can take a grenade, place it on a grill, and “grill a grenade.” But, should you grill a grenade? A live grenade? No. No you shouldn’t.
Three boys from Davao City learned the hard way that no, you absolutely should not grill a grenade.
On December 3, two brothers, 15-year-old Rain John and 13-year-old Algen Alagenio, and their cousin, 17-year-old Julio Limposanan found an M203 grenade on a relative’s farm. Where most kids would have thought, “oh cool,” and shown it to their parents or whatever, these kids decided to burn their new discovery to see if it would explode.
Guess what? It did.
The three boys died instantly from the explosion. Their faces, according to family, are almost unrecognizable.
How did an M203 grenade make its way into Davao City? I’m glad you asked. Last June, officials from the Joint US Military Assistance Group handed them over to the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) to aid in the country’s counter-terrorism capabilities. The U.S. sent them over as part of a multi-national effort to combat terror.
Do you know what else is going on in the Philippines? Ever heard of Philippine leader Duterte’s war on drugs? It makes America’s War on Drugs look like an episode of Weeds.
Could some of the weapons from the U.S. have made their way from the PMC to the Philippine police in an effort to strengthen them? Could a bellicose police force and a lone military-grade grenade be related?
Could the deaths of three teenage boys be another casualty in Duterte’s bloody war? Or are they just the latest Darwin Award recipient?