On grenade-throwing incident: Pursue case to limit, Celso urges police PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 December 2012 16:19

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday directed City Police OIC director Sr. Supt. Edwin de Ocampo to take all appropriate steps to ensure that the grenade throwing incident last October 10 along Gov. Camins Road will be pursued and suspects prosecuted.

Lobregat, who chairs the City Peace and Order Council (POC), was prompted to issue the instructions in the wake of attempts to have the witness withdraw his testimony.

“As Chairman of the POC we are monitoring this case closely,” the mayor said after meeting with Col. de Ocampo and PSInsp. Arlan Dalumpines, chief of the Police Criminal Investigation and Detective Management (CIDM) division at his office in City Hall yesterday afternoon.

Lobregat hinted that he will also confer with the Jail warden today to also give specific instructions concerning the suspects now detained at the City Reformatory center.

“This is a case that will show to all that here in Zamboanga criminals are caught and prosecuted,” he stressed.

To recall, last October 10, two motorcycle riding men lobbed a grenade on Hadja Farida Hadja’s Navarra vehicle while it was negotiating the intersection of Gov. Camins and Canelar Road. Hadja, a businesswoman, was unscathed but her vehicle was partially damaged. Authorities collared the two grenade throwers and follow-up operations led to the arrest of 9 others and the seizure or recovery of firearms and motorcycles and other gadgets used paving the way for the solution of another crime perpetrated in the city earlier.

“This is one of the priority instructions that I am giving to Col. de Ocampo and to make sure that this case is pursued,’ the mayor affirmed.

Earlier on, it was learned that there was an attempt to have the witness recant his testimony. However, the witness has withdrawn what he earlier recanted.

The mayor said the authorities are also instructed to make sure that the witnesses are also given the full protection hinting that some powerful people are exerting efforts to have the case dropped.

“The authorities are getting to the bottom of it that is why there people trying to exert pressures to get these witnesses retract their testimonies and statements”, the mayor said.

He added that the speedy arrest and partial solution of the October 10 incident was another proof that the authorities are doing their best to ensure the safety and protection of the constituents. — Sheila Covarrubias