Climaco orders all-out war against criminality PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 August 2015 13:08

by Vic Larato

Mayor Beng Climaco has ordered the local police to wage an all-out war against criminality and to arrest immediately the person or persons responsible for the explosion that injured three children on their way to school early yesterday morning in Barangay Ayala, west of the city.

“We do not tolerate [this] criminality. I ordered the police to arrest the suspect/s the soonest time possible and to conduct a thorough investigation of any and all possible angles of the latest explosion in Ayala,” Mayor Climaco said in her directive to the Ayala police chief, Sr. Insp. Karib Muharam.

Climaco likewise directed City Police Director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro to start waging an all-out war against all forms of criminality in Zamboanga.

Meanwhile, the chief executive has also instructed the City Health Office to provide immediate medical assistance to the three injured children now undergoing treatment at the Zamboanga City Medical Center.

She said Councilor Pin-Pin Pareja, who quickly responded to the incident, was also coordinating with the police on matters concerning the explosion.

Initial investigation disclosed that a suspected improvised explosive device (IED) exploded around 6:40 a.m. yesterday at Zone 7 in Barangay Ayala.

The report said Jayson Lazaro, his brother Ferdie, and Myra Padayao, all minors, were passing by the area on their way to Ayala Elementary School, when the improvised bomb exploded.

It was further learned the explosion site was only few meters away from the residence of Ayala Barangay Chairman Diosterides Librero, now totally blind and amputee.

Meanwhile, Councilor Pareja was quoted as saying that Librero received a “sorry letter” from an anonymous sender a day before the explosion.

It was not, however, confirmed yet whether or not the latest explosion in Ayala was intended for the barangay chairman or that the “sorry letter” he received had anything to with the incident.

To recall, Librero lost both his legs to a grenade attack on his residence barely days before the local elections in May 2013. The incident also rendered him totally blind.— Vic Larato