Saturday, September 19, 2015

City gov’t offers PHP200,000 reward for swift arrest of Zambo bombing suspects

From the Philippine News Agency (Sep 19): City gov’t offers PHP200,000 reward for swift arrest of Zambo bombing suspects

The local government is offering PHP200,000 cash reward for the swift arrest suspects behind Friday’s bombing of a passenger bus in this city.

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 around 2:15 p.m. Friday at a terminal on Tomas Claudio Street, Barangay Zone I, this city.

Salazar is currently out of the country as she is leading an 82-man trade mission delegation to the 12th China-ASEAN Exposition in the northern city of Nanning, China.

The bomb explosion resulted to the death of Fatima Imbraida, 14, of Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte> Thirty-three 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 belongs to D’ Biel Transit Company 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.

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

Of the 33 injured, 21 were slightly injured, nine were less serious and three were seriously injured.

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