City Hall offers P50T reward for twin blast perpetrators PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 11:09

The city government is ready to give out P50,000 cash reward to anybody who can provide the police with information leading to the immediate arrest of the suspect or suspects in the  twin explosions that hit a videoke bar and massage parlor Sunday night at Tomas Claudio St., downtown Zamboanga.

Mayor Beng Climaco told the press briefing in City Hall yesterday that the cash reward of P50,000 awaits any informants on the identities and whereabouts of the suspects in a bid to arrest them the soonest time possible.

The chief executive has tasked city police director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro to determine the details and mechanics of the cash reward intended for the early solution of the twin explosions, one on the ground and other at the second floor of De Luxe, a videoke bar and massage parlor.

The incident occurred at the time when the police and military were on heightened alert for the 7,500 delegates to the Centennial Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, now on its third day at the Zamboanga Ecozone in San Ramon, about 22 kilometers away from the blast site.

Meanwhile, Climaco has commended PO2 Franklin Manuel Ined, member of the Bomb Squad K9 Unit, and his buddy named Diego, a bomb-sniffing dog, for responding to the bomb call.

She said the explosions could have caused severe damage to life and property had it not for Ined and Diego’s detection of the explosives. “It was an act of heroism on the part of PO2 Ined and Diego,” the mayor said.

The bomb expert and his dog, however, sustained injuries and they are presently undergoing medical treatment.

As this developed, Supt. Casimiro said the police investigators were looking at extortion and diversionary tactics as possible motives of the twin blasts.

He said the explosions could have been intended to divert military attention from its ongoing operation against the Abu Sayyaf Group in Basilan, or the suspects wanted to extort money from the establishment’s owner.

Casimiro said they were still trying to investigate the owner whether or not he had received any extortion demands.

Casimiro also showed a cartographic sketch of the alleged suspect, who was described as good-looking, between 25 and 27 years old, 5’4” tall, medium in built, fair complexioned, neat, smiling face, and was sporting a baseball cap when seen by witnesses at the explosion site. — Vic Larato