Chatto condemns blast; orders
swift aids, justice to the victims
Gov. Edgar Chatto has strongly condemned the Trinidad founding day market bombing by a drunken drug addict that killed a female vendor and a male marketgoer while wounding 11 innocent more.
Still in Manila during the incident Monday afternoon, the governor quickly ordered all immediate assistance to the victims and justice for them thru the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrator and his any possible cohorts.
He ordered Provincial Administrator Alfonso Damalerio II to assist the victims, including the mobilization of aids from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
Chatto was sworn in by Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III as Regional Development Council (RDC-7) chairman at Malacañang when he was informed of the deadly grenade throwing inside the crowded market right on the founding anniversary of the Second District town.
He ordered PNP Provincial Director Dennis Agustin to catch the main suspect, a certain Dinoberto Polestico Fuentes, and his alleged companions and probe deep into the blasting motive.
The governor likewise directed Army Special Forces commander Col. Camba to assist in the police manhunt.
Responding members of the barangay police in the area swiftly caught the suspect, though, who dashed in his otherwise useless escape try.
Fuentes, who was tagged by eyewitnesses to have lobbed the grenade, is now padlocked inside the town police jail.
Quantities of suspected shabu and marijuana were seized from the possession of Fuentes, 21, of Purok 7, San Vicente, Trinidad, and an alleged member of a militant peasants’ group, according to the police.
Fuentes was believed to be into illegal drugs and reported drinking with a group inside the market before the bombing.
The police identified the dead victims as vendor Fidela Cajes Macua, 47, of purok 5, barangay Liberty in Bien Unido town, who was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital, and Nestor Bernales, of Mabini town, who died on the spot.
Further, the governor directed the Talibon District Hospital and city-based Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital, both government-run, to accommodate and attend to the needs of the wounded.
While the bombing motive is yet unknown as of this writing, investigators would like to ascertain if the suspect was indeed drug crazy when he exploded the grenade in a peopled area—and if his group has link to illegal drug trade.
Notorious drug heads in Bohol have fallen one after the other in the string of intensified police operations pursuant to Chatto’s marching order with a more awakened and vigilant community involvement in support. (Ven rebo Arigo)
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