₱200,000 re­ward for bus bombers

Tempo - - Front Page - (PNA and Nonoy E. Lac­son)

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The city gov­ern­ment is of­fer­ing a ₱200,000 re­ward for the swift ar­rest of sus­pects be­hind Fri­day’s bomb­ing of a pas­sen­ger bus here.

Mayor Ma. Is­abelle Cli­maco-Salazar made the of­fer through her so­cial media page af­ter she was in­formed that a bomb ex­ploded aboard a pas­sen­ger bus at around 2:15 p.m. at a ter­mi­nal on To­mas Clau­dio St., Barangay Zone 1.

Salazar is cur­rently out of the coun­try as she is lead­ing an 82man trade mis­sion del­e­ga­tion to the 12th China-As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions Ex­po­si­tion in Nan­jing, China.

The ex­plo­sion killed Fa­tima Im­braida, 14, of Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte. Thir­tythree oth­ers were in­jured.

Salazar said the bomb­ing “is an act of in­jus­tice to in­no­cent civil­ians.”

She said the po­lice and Task Force Zamboanga are tak­ing the lead in in­ves­ti­gat­ing “this act of ex­tor­tion in or­der to bring jus­tice to the vic­tims of the blast.”

“We call on all bus com­pa­nies and all other public con­veyance to strictly en­force in­spec­tion and other se­cu­rity mea­sures,” she said.

The ill-fated bus be­longed to D’ Biel Transit Co. owned by the fam­ily of Coun­cilor Luis Biel III, who is with Salazar and other city gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in China.

The bus had just ar­rived and un­loaded pas­sen­gers at the ter­mi­nal com­ing from Barangay Labuan, 36 kilo­me­ters west of this city, when the ex­plo­sion oc­curred.

Act­ing city Mayor Ce­sar Itur­ralde said the lo­cal gov­ern­ment has mo­bi­lized its per­son­nel and re­sources to as­sist the vic­tims, es­pe­cially in their med­i­cal needs.

Mean­while, po­lice said a group of ex­tor­tion­ists with ties to the Abu Sayyaf was re­spon­si­ble for the ex­plo­sion.

City po­lice spokesman Chief Insp. Joel Tut­tuh said po­lice have re­cov­ered text mes­sages from the group to the D’ Biel Transit Co. ask­ing for ₱ 500,000 in pro­tec­tion money and a ₱20,000 monthly pro­tec­tion fee.

One of the text mes­sages, ac­cord­ing to Tut­tuh, said that should the com­pany fail to give them money, they will bomb one of their buses.

Tut­tuh added that they are fol­low­ing a good lead that could lead them to ar­rest of the sus­pects.

He said a close cir­cuit tele­vi­sion cam­era in the area has cap­tured the per­son who planted the bomb aboard the bus upon its ar­rival.

The sus­pect was seen talk­ing on a cell phone with some­one get­ting in­struc­tions. Af­ter plant­ing the bomb, he ran away and about two min­utes later, the bus ex­ploded.

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