Police to file complaints vs Isulan blast suspects

Medical personnel at the Sultan Kudaralt Provincial Hospital attend to the injured in the  8:34 p.m. blast along the national highway in Isulan town, Sultan Kudarat on 28 August 2018. One person was killed while at least 33 others were injured  Photo courtesy of JULS BUNDA

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 08 September) — Police will file charges by next week against the suspects in the first of the two recent bomb attacks in Isulan town in Sultan Kudarat province that killed five people and wounded 48 others.

Chief Supt. Eliseo Tam Rasco, regional director of the Police Regional Office (PRO)-12, said Saturday the Special Investigation Task Force (SITG) “Hamungaya” is currently finalizing the cases against the suspects in the Aug. 28 explosion in Isulan.

Rasco met on Friday with members of the two SITGs created by the PRO-12 in line with the twin attacks to monitor the progress of the ongoing parallel investigations.

SITG “Hamungaya” is focusing on the first attack, which happened two days before the culmination of Isulan’s 7th Hamungaya Festival and 61st foundation anniversary celebration.

Three people were killed and 46 others were wounded in the blast, which ripped through an “ukay-ukay” stall and a nearby store located beside the national highway in Barangay Kalawag 3.

Another SITG dubbed “LJ” was activated for the Sept. 2 blast inside the Liezther James Internet Cafe in Barangay Kalawag 2 that left two people dead and 12 others wounded.

The two SITGs are headed by Senior Supt. Oliver Enmodias, the deputy regional director for operation of PRO-12.

“I have ordered the speedy filing of airtight cases against all those behind these incidents,” the Rasco said.

The police official directed the two SITGs to give more focus to their investigation and resolve them the soonest possible time to “bring prompt justice to all the victims.”

He cited the Philippine National Police national headquarters and the general public are closely monitoring the updates and developments on the two incidents.

“Rest assured that we will not stop until appropriate charges will be filed against those responsible individuals and we will see to it that the long arm of the law will finally put them behind bars,” Rasco said.

Investigators earlier released a computerized facial composite of the main suspect in the Aug. 28 blast based on accounts from witnesses.

But sources said several other suspects were being considered by the SITG in connection with the attack.

Isulan Mayor Marites Pallasigue earlier said three “persons of interest” have been identified in line with Sept. 2 attack. (MindaNews)