DAVAO CITY -- President Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa had their first post-Davao blast meeting Saturday night which lasted into the early hours of Sunday. Dela Rosa briefed Duterte on the progress of PNP's probe into the blast. "Wala kaming ibang pinagusapan kung 'di tungkol sa bombing. Mostly sa ano pinag-usapan, nasa mga strategic policies at tsaka yung mga tactics rin na pinagusapan so they are more or less classified so sa amin nalang muna yun so it was all about the incident," Dela Rosa. (We only talked about the bombing. We mostly talked of strategic policies, and the tactics we discussed are more or less classified information. The discussion was all about the incident.) Dela Rosa also said that the commander-in-chief is still angry over the incident. "Expected natin na galit pa rin, galit sa pangyayari. Pag siya'y galit talaga pinapakita niya sa siya'y naiinis, siya'y nagagalit. At ah… hindi ko na kailangan pang sabihin ang mga detalye," Dela Rosa said.
(He is still angry about the incident, as we expected. If he is really angry, he will show his frustration, his anger. i don't need to reveal the details.) According to Dela Rosa, the President expected diversionary tactics amid the military offensive against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). Dela Rosa earlier said they acknowledge the ASG's early claims for the attack but they are not ruling out other perpetrators as investigations and validations are still ongoing.
"Sabi niya, this is not the first time na nangyari sa Davao kaya expected na 'yan pag nagkakaroon ng operation doon sa kabilang dako, maghahanap ng diversionary 'yung mga kalaban," Dela Rosa said. (He says this is not the first time this happened in Davao, that's why we expect that when there is an operation, the enemy will look for diversionary tactics.) Dela Rosa also said that the incident has taken an emotional toll for both him and the President considering that Davao is their "home base."
"It's quite draining. Emotionally draining. Isipin mo naman na bakit hahantong sa na mga innocent lives were lost dahil nga dito sa pangyayari sa ito. Sana naman hindi na madagdagan pa ng inosenteng civilian ang mawawala dahil dito," Dela Rosa said. (It is quite draining, emotionally draining. Why did it have to reach this point, that innocent lives were lost? We hope that no more innocent civilians will be lost because of this.) Share