TWO suspects in the deadly Roxas night market bombing in Davao City which killed 15 people and wounded 70 others last September 2 were captured by agents of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group on Tuesday morning, PNP-CIDG director Chief Supt. Roel B. Obusan announced yesterday.
Suspects Zack Haron Velasco Lopez, alias ‘Herwin Madrona,’ and Jessy Vincent Quinto Original were arrested on San Pedro St., Davao City, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday by members of the Davao CIDG and the 11th Regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit, headed by Senior Supt. Edilberto Leonardo, said Obusan.
The arrest were made on the strength of a warrant for multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder and damage to property issued by Judge Melinda Dayanghirang of the Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 54, the CIDG director said.
The suspects are still undergoing interrogation as of press time. They were accused of taking part in the deadly terror attack in which a powerful improvised explosive device fashioned out from a 60mm mortar round was used by the suspects believed to be belonging to the ISIS-linked Abu Sayyaf and Maute Group.
Fourteen were killed during the explosion while one of the injured, a pregnant woman, died days later in a hospital, bringing the death toll to 15.
The militant Abu Sayyaf Group reportedly claimed responsibility for the bombing but later denied responsibility and claimed that their allies, the Daulat Ul-Islamiya, were responsible for the incident as a show of sympathy to the group.
Last October 2, three of the 10 identified suspects were arrested. They were TJ Tagadaya Macabalang, Wendel Apostol Facturan and Musali Mustapha, who were found to have links with the Maute Group.