Iturralde condemns fresh bombing, calls for sobriety PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 September 2015 13:26

By Vic Larato

Vice Mayor now Acting City Mayor Cesar Iturralde condemned in strongest term possible the bomb explosion aboard a passenger bus about 2:15 p.m. yesterday and urged the public to stay calm but vigilant.

Iturralde said the latest bomb explosion, which reportedly killed a female student and injured more than 30 other people, may have been an act of terror even as he hinted the police were looking at extortion as possible motive.

He assured the public though that the police and military authorities were on top on the situation, conducting thorough investigation on the incident.

“We should allow the police to conduct their investigation and we hope they will be able to identify and arrest the perpetrator/s of this heinous act,” the vice mayor said in a statement he made shortly after the explosion.

Iturralde, acting as city mayor in the absence of Mayor Beng Climaco, who is currently heading the city’s 82-man trade mission in China, also asked the police to identify and arrest the person or persons responsible for the explosion.

“With this latest incident, we should stay calm but vigilant. Our police must also keep on their toes and alert, because apparently anybody could be a target anytime, anywhere,” he said. He also urged the civilian populace to cooperate with the authorities in the course of their investigation and report any suspicious person or baggage in their vicinity.

Initial report disclosed the improvised bomb exploded inside (aboard) the bus with body No. 1641 of Biel Transport Company, not too long after it arrived and unload passengers from Labuan at Murga Compound along Tomas Claudio St. Extension.

The Murga Compound serves as terminal for Biel buses playing Labuan route, Ayala jeepneys and other public utility vehicles playing the west coast routes. The area is also a market place for vegetable and fruit vendors. It is barely few blocks away from the Zamboanga City Police Office.

As this developed, Iturralde said rescue personnel and all resources of the city government were immediately mobilized yesterday as Mayor Climaco always kept in touch and in contact with him, the police and other city officials, monitoring the overall situation here.

He said the city government provides immediate assistance to the victims, especially for their medical and hospitalization expenses.— Vic Larato