PRESIDENTIAL daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio yesterday offered a P2 million reward for any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the bombers who killed 14 people and wounded 67 others in the attack at a night market in Davao last Friday night.
The feisty mayor said the P1 million will be given to anyone who can give information the name and whereabouts of the suspects who detonated the powerful improvised explosive believed made from a 60mm mortar ammunition.
Another P1 million will be given to anyone who can arrest and bring the main culprit to the Davao City Police Office. The mayor stressed the importance of catching the suspect alive so that he can reveal who financed and masterminded the bombing as well as their motive.
The mayor announced the reward after visiting the wake of one of the fatalities—Kristia Gaile Bisnon who was the nurse who took good care of her when she was recently confined at the Davao Doctors Hospital.
Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. de la Rosa said that at least three “persons of interest,” two of them female and another male are being sought by the police.
Mayor Duterte also recommended the relief of Task Force Davao commander Colonel Henry Robinson and Davao City Police Office director Senior Superintendent Michael John Dubria in the wake of the bombing.
Although she said that the two are highly qualified for their job, the mayor said she does not want a strained working relationship with the local police and the Task Force Davao if the two officials will remain at their posts.
NCRPO REMAINS ON FULL ALERT
National Capital Region Police Office director Chief Supt. Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday said they remain on full alert to ensure the safety and security of Metro Manila residents and visitors in the aftermath of the Davao City tragedy.
He issued the statement after the Armed Forces downgraded its alert level in the NCR from red to blue.
Albayalde said that the full alert status means all leaves of absences granted to NCRPO personnel have been canceled to ensure that 100 percent of the Metro Manila police will be available for duty 24/7. He also canceled his policemen’s days off as a result of their full alert status.
Albayalde ordered more police checkpoints in the metropolis in the wake of the Davao City bombing and called on the citizenry to bear with temporary inconvenience they may experience as police step up the conduct of security checks which will spare no one, including occupants of motor vehicles.
The NCRPO director said he has also ordered all five NCRPO district directors to step-up their security on vital installations in the metropolis including the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, seaports, the LRT and MRT stations, bus terminals and other places of public convergence.
He added that they are coordinating with private security personnel similar stricter security measures in hotels, shopping malls and other business establishments.
However, despite the strict security measures, Albayalde said they have not received any intelligence report of terror threats in Metro Manila but are not lowering their guard.