PNoy visits Zambo after powerful blast PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 January 2015 11:57

President Aquino on Sunday arrived in Zamboanga City to assess the situation following the powerful explosion in Guiwan Friday  that killed two persons and wounded 57 others.

Upon arrival at the Edwin Andrews Air Base in Sta. Maria, the president met with military and police authorities and city officials led by Mayor Beng Climaco for a security briefing primarily to look into the progress of the investigation of the blast incident.

He tasked the police and military authorities to thoroughly sift through all pieces of evidence and to hunt the perpetrators

From the security briefing, the president proceeded to the blast site together with Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Mayor Climaco.

He later visited the blast victims confined in hospitals – the Zamboanga Peninsula Hospital, Western Mindanao Medical Center, Doctor’s Hospital and Zamboanga City Medical Center where he comforted the victims and offered financial assistance.

President Aquino also paid his last respects to Reynaldo Tan and Dante Valente, who perished in the incident. He also offered financial assistance to the families of the slain civilians.

From the funeral parlor and hospitals, the president visited the Zamboanga City Jail where he checked on the facility and briefly conferred with jail officials pertaining to the presence of high profile detainees.

Authorities believe that the Guiwan explosion was a retaliatory attack following the foiled attempt by lawless elements to rescue their comrades detained at the center.

The president is aware of the request of Mayor Beng Climaco to transfer the high profile inmates from the reformatory center to Manila due to security risks.

Meanwhile, other than security issues, the president also met with Mayor Climaco, Congresspersons Celso Lobregat and Lilia Nuño and other officials concerning the ongoing recovery and rehabilitation efforts as well as the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. — Sheila Covarrubias