Sara Duterte: P2M for info, arrest of blast suspects

Bea Cupin
Sara Duterte: P2M for info, arrest of blast suspects
(3rd UPDATE) The mayor says P1 million will go to those who provide information on the suspects, while another P1 million will go to whoever could bring the suspects to authorities

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on Monday, September 5, announced a P2 million reward for information on or the actual arrest of the suspects behind a deadly blast that killed 14 in the city.

Duterte, daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, said P1 million would be given to those who could provide information – the name and current location – on the suspect. Another P1 million will be given to whoever could bring the suspect to authorities.

Ihatid ninyo sa amin, posasan ninyo, ihatid ‘nyo sa Davao police office,” she said in a chance interview after the city’s Monday flag raising ceremony, the first since the blast.

(Bring them to us, handcuff them, bring them to the Davao police office.)

Duterte said that the authorities want the suspects to be alive.

The Davao City mayor said: “We want him alive. Emphasize ko ‘yan. We want him alive because we want to talk to him kung sino mga kasama niya, anong grupo sila, and gusto namin malaman kung ano pa mga plano nila na mga terrorist activities and gusto rin namin malaman kung bakit.

(We want him alive. I emphasize that. We want him alive because we want to talk to him and know who he’s working with, which group he belongs to, and we want to know their other planned terrorist activities and we want to know why they did it.)

Duterte also announced the relief of Davao City police chief Senior Superintendent Michael Dubria and Task Force Davao Colonel Henry de Leon.

Speaking before employees of the Davao City hall, the mayor announced the appointed of Benito de Leon, a retired military general, as the new chief of Davao’s Public Safety and Security Command Center. The Command Center handles the city’s response units for various emergencies. 

On Friday evening, September 2, an improvised explosive device ripped through a popular night market along Roxas Avenue in Davao City. Fourteen people died as a result of the blast while at least 70 were injured. –

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Bea Cupin

Bea is a senior multimedia reporter who covers national politics. She's been a journalist since 2011 and has written about Congress, the national police, and the Liberal Party for Rappler.