Manila – Authorities arrested four more suspects in the Davao bombing incident in two separate operations in Cotabato City on Saturday, October 29, hours ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to the said city.
Colonel Benjamin Hao, Philippine Army spokesman, said the suspects, reportedly members of the Dawla Islamiya Fi Cotabato-Maute Group, are:
- Mohammad Lalaog Chenikandiyil also known as Datu Boi;
- Jackson Mangulamas Usi also known as Abu Mansor/Jam;
- Zack Villanueva Lopez also known as Haron, and
- Ansan Abdulla Mamasapano also known as Abu Hamsa.
Hao said the arrests took place at the Southern Philippine Development Authority Compound in Barangay Tamontaka, and along Ilang-Ilang St., Barangay Rosary Heights 7, both in Cotabato.
The Colonel further said that the four suspects were arrested by combined military and police elements, together with personnel from the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA).
The arrests were made by virtue of a search warrant for illegal firearms issued by Executive Judge Banzawan Ibrahim of Branch 13 of the 12th Judicial Region Cotabato Regional Trial Court upon information provided by a tipster.
The four suspects are now under the custody of the local Philippine National Police.
Seized during the operation were:
- .45-caliber pistol loaded with ammunition (with a defaced serial number)
- .38-caliber pistol with serial number: 12899593
- Six rounds ammunition, magazine assembly for a 45-caliber pistol
- Five rounds ammunition for a .38-caliber pistol
- Handheld radio with charger
- Five boxes of ammunition for a 5.56 mm rifle
- Three pieces of 60 mm mortar improvised explosive devices
- 105 mm howitzer improvised explosive device
- Hand grenade
The Sept. 2 Davao City bomb blast killed 15 people and wounded 70 others.
“We will not stop until all involved in the Davao bombing incident last September are put in jail,” said Lt. Gen. Eduardo M. Año, the Army commander. “The Army will continue haunting other terrorists for the protection of the public and to serve justice.”