DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Sep) – Police authorities filed multiple murder charges against nine suspects – three of them women – in the Roxas Night Market blast last September 2 before the City Prosecutor’s Office Wednesday afternoon.
Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 deputy director Senior Supt. Valeriano de Leon, who heads the Special Investigation Task Group Roxas Night Market, told reporters that the suspects are facing multiple murder charges based on the seven affidavits of the slain victims’ families, multiple frustrated murder based on the 31 affidavits submitted by the injured victims, and affidavits of the eight witnesses.
De Leon claimed to have the name of the prime suspect, between 22 and 25 years old, as indicated in the document but he refused to disclose the name and those of the eight others, pending investigation by authorities that would lead to the arrest of the other suspects.
Based on the press release issued by the City Information Office (CIO), authorities claimed they have a sketch of the prime suspect without the black mask based on the description given by the taxi driver who became among the eight witnesses.
De Leon said the taxi driver picked up the two female suspects who accompanied the male prime suspect at the terminal 2 of the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT).
“There are series of processes in the investigation, from the closest cartographic we showed sets of pictures from our rogue gallery file of the criminal elements including those being held by the intelligence units,” he said in the press statement. “We are so lucky that our witness has identified the prime suspect based on our rogue gallery.”
There are still 20 injured victims recuperating in six different hospitals, according to the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO).
Ten of them are confined at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), five at the San Pedro Hospital, two at the Davao Medical School Foundation Hospital, and one each at the Brokenshire Hospital, Davao Doctors Hospital, and Ricardo Limso Medical Center.
Last Monday, Vicente Asperin, 21, who was six months pregnant, died at the Metro Davao Medical and Research Center.
At least 15 people were killed because of the blast. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)