4 more Roxas blast suspects nabbed

FOUR more suspects in the Roxas Night Market were arrested by the authorities in two separate but joint operations in Cotabato City yesterday morning.

Col. Benjamin Hao, spokesperson of the Philippine Army, told TIMES that the four arrested suspects are members of the Dawla Islamiya Fi Cotabato-Maute Group.

Hao identified the suspects as Mohammad Lalaog Chenikandiyil alias Datu Boi, Jackson Mangulamas Usi alias Abu Mansor/Jam, Zack Villanueva Lopez alias Haron, and Ansan Abdulla Mamasapano alias Abu Hamsa.

The law enforcers secured and served a search warrant issued by Judge Banzawan Ibrahim, of the Regional Trial Court Branch 13 in Cotabato, for violation of R.A. 10591 (Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition).

Seized during the operation were a caliber .45 pistol with a defaced serial number and chamber loaded with an ammunition, one caliber .38 pistol with serial number 12899593, six rounds of ammunition for caliber .45, five rounds ammo for caliber .38, one piece of magazine assembly for caliber .45, a handheld radio with charger, five boxes of ammo for 5.56mm firearm, three pieces of 60mm mortar improvised explosive devices, one piece of 105mm howitzer improvised explosive device, and a hand grenade.

The operation was conducted by joint elements from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) in two separate locations: Southern Philippine Development Authority (SPDA) Compound in Barangay Tamontaka and Ilang-Ilang Street, Barangay Rosary Heights 7, both in Cotabato City at around 2:40 a.m. yesterday.

Hao said the locations of the group’s hideouts were located through the information relayed by an action agent and collaborated by the follow-up operations made after the Oct. 4 arrest of the three suspects in the Sept. 2 Roxas blast that killed 15 persons and wounded 69 others.

The three bombing suspects earlier arrested were TJ Tagadaya Macabalang, Wendel Factural, and Musaili Mustapha.

Reports revealed that there were more than a dozen personalities involved in the Roxas market. Police initially charged nine persons in the blast.

“We will not stop until all involved in the Davao bombing incident last September are put in jail,” said Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año, the Army commander. “The Army will continue haunting other terrorists for the protection of the public and to serve justice,”Año said.

The four arrested suspects are now under the custody of the local police to facilitate legal procedures.

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