Fiscals resolve Roxas blast case  

THE PANEL of prosecutors handling the Roxas night market bombing case has already resolved the case.

It was already submitted to Chief City Prosecutor Nestor Ledesma who is reviewing the resolution.

“Expect the resolution in the coming days,” Davao City Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson Jay Karel Sanchez told the reporters in yesterday’s interview.

At least 19 identified persons and eight still unnamed others were charged for the Sept. 2 deadly blast that killed 15 persons and injured 69 others in the busy Night Market at the corner of Roxas Avenue and Padre Zamora Street in the Poblacion District.

The Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) initially filed on Sept. 14 multiple murder and frustrated murder charges against nine still-at-large suspects – including eight other unidentified persons and a man whose identity was withheld.

A total of 46 complaint affidavits, including seven from the relatives of slain victims, 31 complaint affidavits for survivors and relatives, and eight complaint affidavits of witnesses were filed.

Just as the panel of prosecutors was about to release it resolution, police investigators filed additional affidavits on Oct. 29. Three respondents — TJ Tagadaya Macabalang aka Abu Tufael, Wendell Apostol Facturan aka Muraimin and Musali Mustafa aka Mus — were added.

The three were arrested on Oct. 4 in Cotabato City in a police-army checkpoint for carrying firearms and explosives as they were boarding a motorcycle without a plate number.

On Nov. 11, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) added 14 respondents in the case.

Four of the 14 respondent were identified as Mohammad Lalaog Chenikandiyil aka Datu Boi, Jackson Mangulamas Usi aka Abu Mansor/Jam, Zack Villanueva Lopez aka Haron, and Ansan Abdulla Mamasapano aka Abu Hamsa while the 10 other respondents were not named because they are still at large.

Chenikandiyil was released from police custody after Presiding Judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 14 Judge Jill Jaugan-Lo granted the petition of the writ for habeas corpus filed by the his wife.

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