SAF, Marines probed for Sulu chapel blast PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 13:37

The Philippine National Police (PNP) high command has ordered an investigation of the policemen and Marines on duty at the Sacred Heart Chapel in Sulu which was rocked by an explosion on Christmas Day.

PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. said that members of the PNP’s elite Special Action Force (SAF) and soldiers of the Philippine Marines who were deployed to check on the reported bomb threat at the Sacred Heart Chapel will be subjected to the probe.

“They were being investigated for possible security lapses on how the bombers managed to slip and stage the bombing,” said Cruz.

Immediately after the Christmas Day blast, the PNP vowed not to leave any stone unturned in conducting its investigation of the explosion that wounded at least 10 civilians and damaged the chapel.

Among the wounded was Fr. Rick Baculcol, who was officiating the mass when the explosion took place.

Prior to the blast, reports showed there were intelligence reports that the Abu sayyaf group of Sali Said, Najib Magdal, Alhabsi Misaya and Kahil Kadih were planning to bomb the said place of worship.

For his part, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao-Police Regional Office (ARMM-PRO) director Chief Supt. Bienvenido Latag said sanctions await those found to be accountable for the lapse.

“Investigation is going on; both the Philippine Marines and the PNP, including Special Action Force, especially those who were posted on duty that day, will be made accountable,” said Latag.