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Suspect in the January 21 bombing seen in CCTV footage

written by: Melvin T. Anggot, Virgilio C. Garcia

(January 26,2013)

ILIGAN CITY, PHILIPPINES – Police authorities has started to identify the suspect that left an improvised explosive device (IED) that exploded at Mercado Street, Barangay Poblacion this city on January 21, Monday morning.

According to police Superintendent Gervacio Balmaceda, head of Police Community Relation Unit (PCRU) of the Iligan City Police Office (ICPO) in a press briefing yesterday, this was seen in footage of a closed circuit television (CCTV) in one of the establishments near the explosion.

The footage fit the description of eye witnesses that executed an affidavit to the police.

Balmaceda requested the people and the media not to mention the establishment where the CCTV footage was taken for security reasons.

Police authorities are checking bicycle stores in Iligan to trace and identify of their customers in the past days as the bicycle where the bomb was attached was brand new.

Authorities said the police have set aside the motive that a terrorist group was responsible for the bombing.

Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz wanted to know the result of the investigation to learn the motive of the bombing.


New ICPO head seeks to make courtesy call with Mayor Cruz

The new head of the Iligan City Police Office (ICPO) has the desire to pay a courtesy call to Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz either in his office or in his residence anytime.

This is because according to Police Superintendent Gervacio Balmaceda, head of the ICPO Police Community Relation Unit, ICPO OIC Director Cristeto Rey Gonzalodo believes the police needs the moral support of city officials of the local government in all police activities.

In a press briefing of ICPO yesterday, PSupt. Balmaceda shows to the members of the media a copy of the exemption from the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) the request of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Office – 10 on the Administrative Relief Order of former ICPO OIC SSupt. Raul L. Diones.

This is to give opportunity for the investigation of the PNP Regional Office to find out if something is lacking in the command responsibility which resulted in the explosion of the improvised explosive devise (IED) at Mercado Street, Barangay Poblacion on January 21. 

As can be recalled, Mayor Cruz had earlier confirmed that he did not receive any request for a courtesy call from SSupt. Gonzalodo because the mayor wanted to check the legality of the move with Iligan City Lone District Representative Vicente “Varf” Belmonte, Jr.

The city officials wanted to check if they will not be answerable when they sign the acceptance letter of SSupt. Gonzalodo even though the election period is in effect that prohibits the re-assignment and replacement of government employees.


Early Registration in city public schools today

Randy Tortola, Schools Division Superintendent of the Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Iligan is again calling all parents that have children that are kinder or pre-schoolers, grade one, grace seven or grade eight to avail of the Early Registration today.

This activity will include the enrolment of students, and out-of-school youths in all public schools in the city.

This will start at 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Tortola is also urging the principals of schools to disseminate the information especially in places where they are assigned to many will be informed of this nationwide activity of the Department of Education.

Tortola said early registration is important as through this what is lacking in schools will be known for school year 2013-2014.

The official concerned admits that in basic education resources in Iligan like of teachers, books, equipment like chairs, tables and others.


ICPO issues guidelines on bombing incidents

The  Iligan City Police Office (ICPO) issued guidelines to the media and the people when a bomb explodes in a place:

1.   Don’t try to go near, see, knock, shake, squeeze, open, and drop the suspicious thing or package;

2.   Report directly to law enforcers if a person tries to detonate a bomb or have observed suspicious persons with a suspicious object;

3.   For members of the media, look for the suspected bomber when the police arrives in the scene of the crime. If nothing is seen, stay put in the place or designated area for broadcast media out of the police line.

4.   Put in mind your personal safety. If there is no police line, look for a safe place and don’t make any move that would worsen the situation.

5.   The media is not allowed to enter any place of an incident or crime that might possibly destroy the evidence.

6.   After Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) has finished processing the crime scene and collecting all evidence, the members of the media can get inside the area to photograph or video tape in the area but with the permission from the SOCO team leader.

7.   Media should not name the group responsible for the bombing, not give peculation or motive of the bombing and to report only the facts given by the police.

8.   In live coverage, the police requires the media to observe the following:

a.   Before the release of information, seriously weigh that what you give is beneficial to the public and the information will not cause any damage,

b.   Avoid the use of language that will enflame or ignite,

c.   Do not report information that is different from the information of the police, and

d.   Make it understood to listeners (for radio) and viewers (for television) there are information that are not revealed by authorities.

9.   Television crews are allowed to get video footage for airing after the incident or crisis for flash news and breaking news, and

10. The protocol should be observed at all times.