MANILA, October 29, 2016 (PNA) — Joint military and police operatives today arrested four more suspects allegedly involved in the September 2, 2016 Davao City bomb blast that killed 15 people and wounded 70 others.

Army spokesperson Colonel Benjamin Hao said the arrests took place in two places: at the Southern Philippine Development Authority (SPDA) Compound in Barangay Tamontaka, and along Ilang-Ilang Street, Barangay Rosary Heights 7, both in Cotabato City.

The four suspects, who are reportedly members of the Dawla Islamiya Fi Cotabato-Maute Group, were identified 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.

Hao said the arrests were made by virtue of a search warrant for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition issued by Executive Judge Banzawan Ibrahim of Branch 13 of the 12th Judicial Region Cotabato Regional Trial Court.

The locations of the group’s hideouts were identified through information relayed by an action agent.
The information was verified by follow-up operations made after the arrest last October 4 of three suspects in the Davao City bombing incident, namely, TJ Tagadaya Macabalang, Wendel Factural, and Musaili Mustapha.

Recovered during the search were the following:
  • a .45-caliber pistol with a defaced serial number, its chamber loaded with ammunition
  • one .38-caliber pistol with serial number 12899593
  • six .45-caliber rounds
  • five .38-caliber rounds
  • one magazine assembly for a .45-caliber pistol
  • a handheld radio with charger
  • five boxes of ammunition for a 5.56mm firearm
  • three 60mm mortar improvised explosive devices
  • one 105mm howitzer improvised explosive device
  • one hand grenade
Reports have said more than a dozen persons were involved in the bomb explosion that ripped through the Roxas night market in Davao City.

“We will not stop until all involved in the Davao bombing incident last September are put in jail,” Army commander Lieutenant General Eduardo M. Año said.

“The Army will continue hunting other terrorists for the protection of the public and to serve justice,” he added.
The four arrested suspects have been turned over to the local police to facilitate legal procedures. (Priam F. Nepomuceno/PNA)