DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ordered stricter inspections on both private and public vehicles that pass through checkpoints in Davao City.
“Padad-an ug tao didto. I request now the police the Regional Mobile Group (RMG) to be stationed there (Assign people there. I request now that the police and the RMG to be stationed there),” Duterte said.
He ordered a thorough search of every compartment of all vehicles. He added that he does not care if there’s such a thing called plain view doctrine.
“There’s a clear and present danger, tawag ana. Bomba gud na I can order the search of everybody for the safety in the community (There’s a clear and present danger, as it is called. We are talking about a bomb here, so I can order the search for the safety of the community),” Duterte said.
A security personnel conducting search at plain view will not be able to see much, he said.
“That is a very stupid proposition,” Duterte said.
He also added that the K-9 dogs also have limitations as its sense of smell can easily be misdirected.
As for the culprit of the bombing incident he said the police are looking for angles like the demolition of illegal terminals and another connected to the Muslim insurgency problem.
He said that he got reports claiming that the suspect in the Valentine 2005 bombing at the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (Dcott) presented to him recently is not the person being sought and that the man presented was not Abdul Manap Mentang as claimed.
From what he was told, he said, the man presented was in fact a high-ranking Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) officer.
He admitted that the man presented to him and the Abdul Manap Mentang that he met before appeared different. He also asked MILF to give him time because he had requested the fingerprints of the previous suspect caught years ago to compare it with the recently caught suspect with the same name.
Now, if the bombing is because of this possible case of mistaken identity, he said, MILF should stop it.
“Kung tungod ana, ga-bomba-bomba mo (If you’re bombing because of that), I am asking the MILF or anybody there to stop it. We try to figure out the truth,” Duterte said.
He also added that that if these bombings were related to the colorum vans, he will fire and explode the vans himself. He also added that another angle that the police are looking at is plain extortion.