Palace hails bomber’s arrest

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Deputy press spokesperson Abigail Valte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang on Saturday lauded the arrest of a suspect in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and injured more than 170 others.

“We’re happy that the second suspect has been arrested,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in an interview on state-run radio.

After door-to-door searches, US policemen cornered Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, in a boat in the Boston suburb of Watertown late on Friday.

Tsarnaev’s elder brother Tamerlan, 26, was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police during a high-speed chase across Boston early on Friday.

Others detained

Valte also welcomed news that several other people had been taken into custody in connection with the two explosions that marred the marathon last Monday.

No Filipino runner was hurt in the bombings.

“It’s good that they are already in custody. They are already under process of the law. And we hope that this will serve to lessen the grief that is being experienced by the families of those who have gone too soon and to the families of those who are injured and are struggling to get back on their feet, literally and figuratively, to start their lives again,” she said.

President Aquino has condemned the perpetrators of the bombings and expressed sympathy with the families of the victims.

No travel advisory

Malacañang also ruled out any travel advisory to the United States following an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, that killed at least 15 people and injured more than 160 others.

“What happened in [West], Texas, that wasn’t a bombing. It was an explosion in a fertilizer plant, so it wasn’t a bombing. The [Department of Foreign Affairs] hasn’t mentioned anything about coming out with a travel advisory,” Valte said.

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  • UrHONOR

    >>>Palace hails bomber’s arrest<<<

    AND laments why Palparan and the Reyes brothers remain scot-free after all these years. What seems to be the difference between Boston Police and the Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation, and the Military Intelligence? The former makes things happen, while the latter doesn't know what the hel* is hapenning.

  • tra6Gpeche

    Yes! So quick, so coordinated, so precised, so professional, so much discipline, beautiful teamwork, so synchronized that resulted to amazing result! And there is no grandstanding! Incredible US law enforcements! I wish the Philippine law enforcements are, at least, half this good!

  • wawa2172

    The US police works were done seriously that enable them to arrest suspect number 2 and killed suspect number 1. In the Philippine whose president was hailed as one of the most influential leader in the world is not able to influence the PNP, NBI and AFP to reduce criminality. As commander in chief he should have influence his men in uniform and civilian best investigators to solve crimes and not to allow the suspects to escape. Foreigners who committed crimes in the country are able to escape in connivance with the police. Ortega slay is still clear as mud and the suspects are almost cleared by the court. Ping Lacson of Dacer-Corbito murder case is now a close ally of the president and is set to be appointed in the cabinet with a reserved seat. Palparan is still nowhere to be found. Not a single arrest was done on well publicized oil smuggling issue at the customs dahil ba involved ang mga tauhan ni Noy at mapaphiya na naman siya? He is not been able to order the arrest of the members of the Sulo sultanate responsible sa invasion of Sabah that resulted to death of many tausugs and displacement of hundred of families. Well, I am not a PNoy hater but it seems that no president in our country is able to influence the men in uniform to perform their job well. Ang masama pa its the authorities pa ang pasimuno sa masamang gawain like the Atimonan massacre. Tahimik na yata ang kasong ito and not one is in jail yet.

    • buttones

      Very well said, I might add as well when Lacson went on the lam, hiding from International arrest warrants the might of the PNP, NBI and all the rest couldn’t [or wouldn’t find the guy] and then one day he just strolls into the Palace.. And the rest is history…

  • padrefaura

    an immediate closure of a case like the boston marathon bombing case is something our government can only dream of.

    • buttones

      You’ve got that right, and if this guy survives it’s not going to take a five year court case either…well done Uncle Sam.. brilliant….

  • boybakal

    Palace hails bomber’s arrest…

    It’s only a piece of cake for the US.
    We have plenty of bombings remained unsolved aside from riding in tandem.
    Crime is prevalent.

    In short, mind your own problem, wag ng makisawsaw.

  • buttones

    Please change the file photo, I’m getting irritated at some woman pointing her finger at me, it’s extremely rude…

  • disqusted0fu

    This is something that the Palace cannot do… because when tragic events such as this happen in the PH, the PH President is the first one to be MIA. And the solution that the Palace usually comes up with is to blame others for the tragedy. Worse, is that the authorities are sometimes even involved in it.

  • disqusted0fu

    Okay. I wish we could say the same to the PH. Crime prevention and crime solving are really bad in the PH. And it’s mainly because of the people in the Palace who are not doing anything about it. That laziness trickles down to the law enforcers as well. Majority of them are all noynoying.

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