PNP says Davao bombing suspect has link in drugs

PNP says Davao bombing suspect has link in drugs

- The Philippine National Police (PNP) has already identified the suspect in the bloody Davao blasting 

- Philippine National Police Director General Roald "Bato" Dela Rosa disclosed that the suspect was involved in previous bombing incidents and has links to a terror group in Mindanao

- At least 14 people were killed and more than 60 were wounded in the Davao blasting 

Philippine National Police (PNP) has identified the suspect in the Davao bombing at the Roxas night market on September 2 which killed not less that 14 people and left more than 60 others wounded.

Despite having identified the bombing suspect who left a black bag before the explosion, Malacañang advised the public to be vigilant and said that there is still a possibility of another terror attack in the country similar to what took place in Davao City.

According to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, they have received intelligence  reports regarding potential violence threats in Mindanao. He further said that the report prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to send more troops to ensure public safety.

PNP says Davao bombing suspect has link in drugs

Artist's sketch of Davao bombing suspect (Photo from: cnnphilippines.com)

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Medialdea said: “We cannot discount the possibility na puwedeng gawin ulit and we have reports na baka ulitin.”

Philippine National Police Director General Roald "Bato" Dela Rosa said that several witnesses identified the suspect in the terror attack based on the presented photos to them during the investigation.

Dela Rosa said: “We already know his true identity, we also know where he is hiding so the manhunt is ongoing.”

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According to Dela Rosa, intelligence reports revealed that the suspect in the bombing incident was involved in previous bombing incidents and is linked to a terror group in Central Mindanao.

He added that the background check on the suspect fits the earlier statement that the explosive device that was used in Davao attack was similar to international terrorist Zulkifli Bin Hir, alias Marwan's bomb-making style.Marwan was

Marwan was killed during the Mamasapano encounter in Maguindanao where 44 police commandos were killed.

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Dela Rosa further revealed that the police are looking at the suspect's involvement in illegal drugs and said that they have a theory that drug lords financed the bombing.

“This only further reinforced our theory of narco-terrorism because before the blast happened, we have received information that some narco-personalities in Central Mindanao are funding or financing this bombing operation,” said Dela Rosa.

Davao Mayor Sara Duterte's reward for any information about the suspect has been raised to P3 million after a businessman fromDavao City and a law firm both donated P500,000 each.

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