By Joseph Jubelag and Ali G. Macabalang
Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat- Police have filed charges on Thursday against two members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) who were tagged as suspects in the April 17 twin bombings in a convenience store here that left 16 people injured, including three policemen and two soldiers.
Sr. Supt. Raul Supiter, Sultan Kudarat police director, said charges of illegal possession of explosives were filed against brothers Warren and Johari Gani, who were arrested at the crime scene shortly after the explosion at the comfort room and premises of Dragon Mart convenience store in Barangay New Isabela, this city.
The suspects, who yielded fragmentation grenades, were arrested by security forces while acting suspiciously at the crime scene.
The suspects admitted they were MILF members, but denied any involvement in the bomb attacks.
Police said they have witnesses who could positively identify the suspects as the ones who planted the improvised explosive devices at the premises of Dragon Mart.
Meanwhile, Sultan Kudarat Governor Pax Mangudadatu reported that the casualties in Monday’s bombing have all been declared out of danger.
Mangudadatu visited the bomb victims at the hospital where he handed to each of them P10,000-cash assistance. He also shouldered all their hospital expenses.
Mangudadatu called for a through probe by police and MILF authorities, while hinting of the possible involvement by some parties, who may be out to derail the Mindanao peace process under the Duterte government.
“President Duterte has all good intentions to bring peace and development in the country, especially in Mindanao. He has repeatedly assured to address historical injustices in Moro communities. But there are some quarters ostensibly opposed to his methods of law enforcement and peace building,” the 72-year old governor said.