From the Sun Star-Davao (Sep 20): Duterte: Bombing, a ‘cottage industry’ in Mindanao
THERE are groups in Mindanao who produce “bomber-graduates”, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, and they are training a lot.
“There’s a place here in Mindanao. There’s an academy here. Tinuturo nila yan araw-araw and they have produced graduates in numbers,” Duterte said in a press conference at the Royal Mandaya Hotel on Thursday.
“Cottage industry na yan dito,” he said.
Although Duterte did not mention details, he said that those who train bombers “use it for their cause.”
“They’re everywhere. That is really the worry,” he said.
SAME BOMBER. Ret. General Francisco Villaroman, chief of the Public Safety Command Center, presents printed documents to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on the actual and systematic diagram of the improvised explosive device used by a bomber in Thursday’s press conference called by the city mayor at the Royal Mandaya Hotel. Police investigation showed the IEDs that exploded inside SM City Davao and Gaisano Mall cinemas Monday night were planted by the same bomber. (King Rodriguez)
Authorities presented to media on Thursday the device that the bomber possibly used in the explosion on seat J5 of the orchestra portion of SM City Davao Cinema 1 at around 9:03 p.m. and sixth seat of the ninth row inside Cinema 5 of Gaisano Mall of Davao at 9:25 p.m. on Monday, September 16.
“We do not belittle the motives. I do not want trouble here in Davao. I do not want to start trouble here. But we have to arrest you. We have to prosecute you because that is the law,” Duterte said.
Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director Ronald dela Rosa said the same person, wearing a light-colored jacket and a sling bag, planted the explosive device in these separate areas.
Based on the closed circuit television footage, the man entered the SM City Cinema 1 at 6:42 p.m. and left, already wearing a cap, at 7:28 p.m. He was again spotted buying a movie ticket at Gaisano Mall ticket booth at 8:19 p.m.
Another man was also seen paying for the items he bought at the KSM Kim Sheng store inside the DCLA located along R. Magsaysay Avenue around 4:09 p.m. of September 16. It was found out that he was buying 21 pieces of MSM-HK battery, believed to be an accessory to the device, at the KSM Kim Sheng RTW and Fashion Accessories, the alleged sole distributor of the item in the city.
Duterte said the bomber might not have used materials that caused much damage, but, he “does not belittle” them because, whether it’s a big or small explosion, the terror created is the same.
Duterte on Thursday afternoon gave the two suspects a 48-hour ultimatum to report to the nearest authorities if they are not connected with any organization.
After the 48-hour deadline, a P2-million bounty one for each of the men is official offered for information leading to the arrests of the suspects.