MANILA – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has raised the bounty on the Davao blast suspects from P2 million to P3 million. Duterte announced the reward increase in a press conference Thursday, a day after an artist's sketch of the prime suspect in the Roxas Night Market explosion was released by law enforcers.
The primary suspect in the Davao blast has a slim built, is between 5'7 to 5'8 in height and is around the age of 30. Witnesses helped in describing the physical features of the masked suspect. According to PNP Chief Superintendent Ben Magalong, they are definite that the suspect was behind the explosion, based on testimonies.
"We are definite, based on the testimonies, based on the circumstances, na siya na 'yung suspect, siya na 'yung may dala ng bag dahil lahat nung descriptions, 'yung bag, 'yung mga pieces of evidence, fit na ito 'yung nagdala noong bag doon sa site," Magalong said.
("We are definite, based on the testimonies, based on the circumstances, that he is the suspect, he was the one carrying the bag because all the descriptions, the bag, the pieces of evidence, fit the person who brought the bag to the site.") He also said that those responsible for the bombing are members of an extremist group, which he refused to identify for now. Abu Sayyaf earlier claimed responsibility for the blast.