By Ralph Lawrence G. Llemit
POLICE authorities in Davao City have arrested the individual responsible for leaving a bomb threat note in front the Davao City Hall, a security official confirmed Wednesday, December 22.
This was confirmed by Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) Head Angel Sumagaysay during a press conference, wherein the suspect was caught through a closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage.
The official said that the suspect, male and a resident of Barangay 76-A in the city, was caught in CCTV leaving the threat letter in a parked vehicle in front of the City Hall.
Sumagaysay said the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) and Task Force Davao immediately launched a joint operation, resulting in his arrest on Tuesday afternoon, around 5 p.m.
On Tuesday morning, the city government issued an advisory warning the public to be vigilant after receiving two bomb threat reports. The advisory comes days before Christmas Day.
Sumagaysay revealed that it was the same letter that the city government also revealed in September this year.
“During the custodial investigation, gi-admit naman ng suspek na siya ra pud ang naghimo ana [two letters] (the suspect admitted that he was responsible in the two terror threat letters),” the PSSCC chief said.
He declined to disclose further information on the suspect, including the latter’s motive and possible link to any groups as investigation is still ongoing.
Sumagaysay said they are preparing the charges to be filed to the suspect in violation of Presidential Decree No. (PD) 1727 entitled, “Declaring As Unlawful the Malicious
Dissemination of False information or the Willful Making of any Threat Concerning Bombs, Explosives or Any Similar Device or Means of Destruction and Imposing Penalties Therefor”.
According to PD 1727, the penalty against such activities is imprisonment of not less than five years or a fine of not more than P40,000 or both at the discretion of the court.
Meanwhile, Sumagaysay assured that there is no “imminent threat” in the city.
“Ang masulti namo sa security cluster, peaceful [and] secured ang Davao City (Based on our assessment from the security cluster, Davao City is peaceful and secured),” he said.
DCPO Director Kirby John Kraft also reminded the public to practice the “Culture of Security”, wherein they are urged to volunteer, report, remind, and participate in the fight against terrorism.
“Kung meron po kayong makitang kahinahinalang tao o bagay ay mabilis ninyo i-report sa pinakamalapit na (If you see suspicious individuals or items, you immediately report it to the nearest) police station or Task Force Davao,” Kraft said. RGL