DOJ confident prime suspect in De La Salle blast will be arrested

October 27, 2010 9:16 am 

MANILA, Oct. 26 — The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday expressed confidence that the prime suspect in the blasting incident during the last day of the Bar Examinations will be arrested within this week.

The incident injured 47 individuals, including law students and Bar examinees themselves in front of the De La Salle University (DLSU) on Taft Ave., Manila last September 26.

"While we know his legal identity, there is an ongoing operation to locate his location," told reporters in a press conference.

De Lima said that the suspect could not be located on the first address where the suspect was allegedly hiding, adding that, he could be hiding somewhere else.

However, De Lima refused to disclose the identity of the suspect, but assured that they are positive that their target is the suspect.

In fact, De Lima said, they already have the transcript of records, Comelec ID, SSS ID and other vital documents pertaining to the suspect, as well as the fraternity to which he belongs.

De Lima admitted that they are now coordinating with the mother of the suspect and the latter agreed earlier to cooperate with the authorities to convince her son to voluntarily surrender.

However, after a few days, the mother refused to cooperate citing the advise of her legal counsel.

De Lima said that many people are cooperating with them for the immediate arrest of the suspect.

The DOJ Secretary is set to meet with an individual Tuesday afternoon who could help to convince the suspect to voluntarily surrender, but refused to identify him, so as not to jeopardize the ongoing operations.

"Kaya huwag nyo akong susundan dahil baka mabulilyaso pa ang operasyon (So, don't follow me as the operation may be jeopardized)," De Lima told reporters who are covering the DOJ who are frequently following up and getting updates of the case from the government agency.

The prime suspect in the De La Salle blast has been placed under the watchlist of the Bureau of Immigration (BI), an attached agency of the DOJ, based on the orders of the DOJ Secretary.

De Lima explained that the suspect cannot be included in the hold departure order as the charges to be filed against him are being prepared right now. (PNA) LOR/PTR

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