Case filed vs suspect in twin bomb blasts PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 11:43

The Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) has formally filed a case of frustrated murder against the suspect in the twin explosions at De Luxe massage and videoke parlor in downtown Zamboanga last Nov. 9.

Police Superintendent Ariel Huesca, commander of the Public Safety Company, announced this during the press briefing in City Hall Monday, saying that the case was filled last Nov. 21.

He identified the suspect as Muamar Askalni alias Abu Rami, an alleged member of the Abu Sayyaf Group.

Supt. Huesca, however, clarified that the filing of the case against the De Luxe blast suspect did not mean the police have downgraded the alert status in Zamboanga City.

“The police are still directed to maintain their stance on alertness and vigilance,” Huesca said even as he admitted that the city is now on heightened alert status, meaning the ZCPO personnel are now allowed to go on official leave of absence.

Meanwhile, Supt. Huesca clarified that the Malagutay incident, wherein the authorities had detonated a backpack containing ammunitions, hand and rifle grenades, was not related in any way to the grenade-throwing incident in Barangay Buenavista, both on Saturday night.

Neither of the incidents had anything to do with the De Luxe explosions, Huesca said, stressing that the backpack containing ammos and explosives in Malagutay was not also intended for making improvised explosive devices or IEDs.

“The motive in Malagutay pwedeng naiwan ng sundalo ang backpack or it was left intentionally due to strong military and police presence in the area,” the police officer said. Investigations are still being conducted as of press time.

The Buenavista incident, on the other hand, was either politically motivated (against the barangay chairman) or related to illegal drugs trade. This, Huesca said, was still being investigated.

A follow-up operation resulted in the arrest of one Mark Anthony Herrera as possible suspect in the grenade attack in Buenavista. — Vic Larato