DAVAO CITY -- Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday that he will offer a P2-million bounty for any information that will lead to the arrest of two men suspected to be responsible for the twin explosions that rocked two shopping malls in this city Monday night.
Duterte said he is willing to offer P1 million for each of the bombing suspects if they fail to appear before authorities within 48 hours from Thursday afternoon.
"Let us know. Beginning this afternoon, gusto namin kayo makausap. Go to the nearest military or police authorities if hindi kayo connected with (any group). We do not jump into conclusions but if you do not make any contact to the government within 48 hours, it's P1 million. It's P2 million sa dalawang tao," Duterte told reporters in a hastily-called press conference at the Royal Mandaya Hotel.
He said the reward will be open to everybody. The ultimatum took effect at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
With the public safety at risk, Duterte said there is a need for the government "to resolve to extreme measures to protect the people and government."
During the same press conference, Davao City Police Office (DCPO) chief Ronald dela Rosa presented the copies of the closed-circuit television (CCTV) footages to Duterte and the media, showing two suspected persons -- one who allegedly planted the improvised explosive inside Cinema 1 of SM City Davao and Cinema 5 of Gaisano Mall of Davao, and the other suspect who bought 21 pieces of MSM-HK battery, believed to be an accessory to the device, at the KSM Kim Sheng RTW and Fashion Accessories on R. Magsaysay street.