Cops nab suspect in Palawan blasts


PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines—Police authorities in Puerto Princesa on Sunday afternoon nabbed a suspect in the series of bombings in this city and the town of El Nido and are now investigating a group of Muslim leaders who police believe may be behind the atrocities.

The suspect was identified as Jheramae Hassan, a known leader of a Muslim community in southern Palawan whom authorities said is a daughter of a certain Hiya Hassan, an employee at the provincial capitol.

Mayor Edward Hagedorn, in an interview with the Inquirer, confirmed the arrest of Hassan following his meeting Sunday afternoon with local Muslim leaders after Hassan was reportedly identified by the other Muslim leaders as the alleged source of scare text messages sent to the bus station owners including Royale Transport where a bomb blast occurred Thursday.

“She is now under interrogation by the CIDG [Criminal Investigation and Detection Group] and we will know soon more about the perpetrators. So far, what I know is that she has admitted to being the source of the scare messages. This appears to be a breakthrough,” Hagedorn said.

One of the text messages allegedly sent from the mobile phone owned by Hassan was addressed to Hagedorn which said that the bombing was a warning for Hagedorn’s support for a faction of the Palawan’s Muslim community.

The message, which Hagedorn shared with the Inquirer, in part read: “Gud am sir. Nagsilbi po aral nato sa inyo nangyari sa El Nido kahapon kc mataas simpaty niyo po sa mga hudas na si (names withheld).”

A source within the Task Group Hunter formed by the Department of Interior and Local Government to investigate the Palawan bombings told the Inquirer that the elder Hassan was employed previously by former Governor Joel T. Reyes and is also identified with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Reyes is currently in hiding following the issuance of an arrest warrant for the murder of Palawan broadcaster and environmentalist Dr. Gerry Ortega.

The Task Group Hunter, prior to Hassan’s arrest, released a statement Sunday declaring that the bombings “are merely an upshot on the prevailing local political issues and to embarrass (sic) the peaceful state of the City of Puerto Princesa.”

Two bombs exploded almost simultaneously in a bus station in Puerto Princesa and in the town of El Nido last Maundy Thursday, injuring four people.

The blasts, according to police, were triggered remotely based on batteries and cellular phone parts collected from the debris.

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  • efriend

    As usual, politics will kill the goose the lays the golden egg.  Now that Palawan is receiving international tourism attention, here come the people with selfish motives.  Shame on these people.

  • virgo57

    The pattern of atrocities are common trademark of Muslim group who do not values human lives, do not understand peace and short sighted social climber who are parasites and just want easy money.They can not openly immersed in an open society because they want to dominate everything and want short cut.Look at Mindanao and they are menace while they migrated in other parts of the country, their culture is like water in oil which is incompatible.This is not a sweeping statement but this group really exhibited their “UTAK PULBORA” orientation that`s why Muslim region is the most impoverished because they don`t toil and exert effort.Imagine, a Muslim woman caught terrorizing a tourist destination and of all time during the peak season.This suspect should be thoroughly investigated because maybe this mercenary has a Malaysian ally just to destroy Palawan tourism image.

  • ferds

    kapag napasukan na ng muslim, ang isang community, bagsak na ang negosyo dyan, siguradong patayan dito patayan duon, takutan yan.   Kahit saan lugar dito sa metro manila, kapag may muslim community na karamihan squatters, nagiging magulo tsk tsk tsk.
    mga walang pinag aralan ang nga iyan at traydor.   

  • Jamal22

    The Christian world is at war with Islam. The sooner we all face that fact the faster we can eradicate the threat.
    They say they want peace, but their actions prove different. Those so-called peaceful Muslims are not doing ANYTHING

    • theassassin

      so are you also saying that, as a retaliation, all the OFWs in the muslim countries, should be repatriated to the Philippines and all the bilateral agreements between these countries should be cut off, including oil shipment…such an absurdity of thinking which is so shallow and without calculation…it is easy to remark on a situation and provoke the eventualities, without having to study and discern on the impact of such remark

    • Guest

      jamal22: you are truly blinded with your false belief. i think you have to wake up now and realize what is going on. this is not againts any religion or whatever. this is againts law breakers and atrocities. any religion can live side by side peacefully if respect is prevailing.

    • muddygoose

      Christians and Muslims alike have their share of terrorists and self-serving politicians (actually baka lamang pa mga Kristiyano). Mas maganda siguro na sabihin mo na ang mga nagpapanggap na relihiyoso, umamin na na ang totoong pakay nila, kung hinde pera, ay kapangyarihan.

  • kilabot

    it’s getting clearer it’s not politically motivated. try again, pnp. why can’t you just call a spade a spade? hmm, noynoying… that figures.

  • JunjunAmpatuan

    Ex-Gov. Joel Reyes employed several numbers of our notorious Muslim brothers, one of them even posed as guard in the “Fernandez Exit” of the Capitol. The group is being handled by a certain Sanny Rabago, the Asst. Warden of Palawan Provincial Jail, now detailed at the office of Vice Governor Fems Reyes, I am not saying there is no politics here, but please USE YOUR COMMON SENSE IN ANALYSING SITUATIONS LIKE THIS….it’s our safety that’s at stake

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