Celso to BJMP: Secure inmates from threats PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 January 2013 14:32

Mayor Celso Lobregat has instructed jail officials to make sure all the inmates at the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center specifically the eight suspects in the October 10 grenade throwing incident in Gov. Camins road are properly secured and protected from threats and intimidation.

Lobregat issued the directive in a meeting with City Jail Warden JCInsp. Julius Aro and the Logistics head JInsp. Pablo Villafuerte Jr. yesterday in City Hall as the chief executive expressed concern on alleged attempts to have the grenade-throwing case dismissed and shelved.

“This is an accomplishment of the city police and I don’t want this case to suffer any technicalities,” the mayor said, following reports that a lawyer was able to get inside the city jail and got a retraction from one of the suspects.

“I ask Maj. Arro to find out how a lawyer, who is not lawyering a certain suspect, was able to go inside the jail and get retraction from another suspect,” he said.

Lobregat named the eight grenade-throwing suspects as Garry Candido, Ariel Bucoy, Rodel Labrador, Romel Serrano, Aldasher Mualam, Muamar Mualam, Abdullah Julamin and Abdullah Jinul, all are in jail and awaiting trial.

He said if necessary the suspects be put in different cells and to make sure they are free from any threats or intimidation.

The other day, the mayor also directed City Police OIC director Col. Edwin de Ocampo to take all appropriate steps to ensure that the grenade throwing incident will be pursued and suspects prosecuted.

Lobregat, who chairs the City Peace and Order Council (POC), got wind of attempts to have the witnesses withdraw their testimony.   

“As Chairman of the POC we are monitoring this case closely,” the mayor said after meeting with Col. de Ocampo and PSInsp. Arlan Delumpines, chief of the Police Criminal Investigation and Detective Management (CIDM) division at his office in City Hall December 27.

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

The October 10, 2012 incident was perpetrated by two motorcycle riding men who lobbed a grenade on a Navarra vehicle owned and driven by Hadja Farida Radja, a businesswoman, while the latter was along the intersection of Gov. Camins and Canelar Road. Radja escaped unhurt but her vehicle was partially damaged.

Authorities immediately 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.

Of the 11 suspects arrested, 8 are detained at the City Reformatory Center, as the 3 others were released for lack of evidence. — Vic Larato