Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Reward for arrest of EDSA bus bombers mulled
MANILA, Philippines - The chief of the National Capital Region Police Office on Thursday said authorities may put up a reward for any information leading to the arrest of suspects in the EDSA bus bombing.
Speaking to ANC, NCRPO chief Nicanor Bartolome said probers are still determining the source of the 81-millimeter round mortar that caused the explosion.
He said the police will not rush their investigation despite calls for justice from the victims.
"We have started doing that, after reconstructing the fragments and discovering its 81mm, we started tracing the source. Reconstruction is important because we need to know if there are lot numbers that can help us identify the source of this explosive. It will take time because I think we only have a day and a half and we would rather in investigation not done in haste so we can get to the real culprits," he told ANC's "Headstart."
Bartolome brushed off criticism authorities have been lax in securing public places. He said they have augmented police troops since the Christmas season.
"The government has never been remiss on this. We've been providing all security precautions even before the New Year. We added cops on the streets before December. We did inspections of areas of convergence. We implemented tourist police. These are part of a big project for the Philippine National Police where we provide security precautions," he said.
He also said the PNP will conduct random inspections and deploy marshalls in bus terminals and areas of convergence such as the Metro Rail and Light Rail Transits.