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Seven die in blast at lawmaker's home

Seven die in blast at lawmaker's home

At least seven people were hurt, some badly, when an explosion rocked a lawmaker's house in the northern Philippines, police said Wednesday.
Authorities were not certain what caused the blast, saying it could have been an accident, but not ruling out political involvement.
Three sons of House Representative Cecille Luna were among those hurt at Luna's home in Abra province's capital, Bangued, late Tuesday as the family gathered for Christmas, said police official Alexander Pumecha.
One son and two other people who suffered second- and third-degree burns were hospitalized in Manila, Pumecha said. All the injured were in stable condition.
Pumecha, Abra's police chief, said investigators have not determined what caused the blast.
"It might be politics," he said, adding it was also possible that firecrackers accidentally exploded.
Luna won a tightly contested race against then-Governor Vicente Valera, whose family has been in power in the province for three decades. Warlords with private armies are known to operate there, and the local politics have a history of violence.
Earlier Tuesday, Mayor Ceasar Balacanao Rafael of Paracelis town in nearby Mountain Province was shot to death by unidentified gunmen, police Senior Superintendent Joseph Adnol said. Investigators said the shooting may have been politically motivated.