P2-M reward up for Oro bombers

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Friday, August 2, 2013

CAGAYAN DE ORO (Updated) -- A bounty of P2 million will be given to those who can identify and give information on the suspect or a group of suspects linked to the July 26 blast at Rosario Arcade in Limketkai Center that claimed eight lives and wounded 46 others.

City Mayor Oscar Moreno said that to hasten the resolution of the case, the monetary reward, which would come from the coffers of the City Government, could be the solution.

Moreno also assured the safety of informants who could give the identity and whereabouts of the suspects.

Police authorities have released computerized facial composites of the possible suspects but their identities have remained unknown.

City Administrator Roy Raagas said the bounty could attract more people to help the authorities in their search for the perpetrators of the explosion.

“This is guaranteed to show that the City Government is so serious. In due time, there will be people who could tell who the culprits are and their masterminds,” Raagas said.

He said part of the reward would come from the “little intelligence fund” that the former administration has left Moreno.

“But I’m sure it will do because the mayor would make some ways to raise additional funds for the reward. It can be used not only in intelligence gathering but also on peace and order campaign of the City Government,” he said.

Moreno called on concerned individuals or groups not only in this city but other areas in Mindanao to help the authorities in tracking down the people behind the blast.

Raagas said as peace and order situation in the city returns to normal, the people’s trust and confidence in visiting Cagayan de Oro would be renewed.

Councilor Ramon Tabor lauded the mayor’s move, but offered a suggestion for the speedy resolution of the tragic incident whose casualty included Misamis Oriental Board Member Roldan Lagbas, some guests and spectators at the Kyla’s Bistro and Candy’s café.

Tabor, chairman of the committee on police, fire and public safety and a member of the opposition in the City Council, said the monetary reward can be more useful if it is given to the military, police and other law enforcement agencies that participate in the investigation of the case.

He said it can also be used in intelligence gathering to track down suspects and prevent another attack in the future. (Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro/Sunnex)

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