Joint military and police operatives arrested the ninth suspect in the Sept. 2 Davao City blast during checkpoint operations in Barira, Maguindanao Thursday afternoon.
Philippine Army (PA) deputy public affairs chief Lt. Col. Ray Tiongson said the operations took place 4 p.m. at Sitio South Madalum, Barangay Nabalawag.
He added operatives from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (CIDG-ARMM) local Philippine National Police, and troops from the 37th Infantry Battalion, 6th Infantry Division conducted a joint checkpoint operation which resulted in the apprehension of six vehicles without plate numbers and arrest of five persons identified as: ex-PO2 Jessy Vincent Guinto Original alias Abu Aisha, formerly assigned at Antipolo Police Station and among those responsible in the Davao Night Market Bombing; Arumpac Ibrahim Pandita; Hamsa Bagul; Musa Rasamal; and Mohammad Said Jamla.
Tiongson said the other occupants of the vehicles managed to flee upon sighting government security personnel.
"Found in one of the vehicles was a set of IED (improvised explosive device) materials while found in the possession and control of arrested personalities were four fragmentation grenades," he added.
All six vehicles were then confiscated.
"Said persons and recovered explosives were brought to CIDG-ARMM for documentation and proper disposition, while the confiscated vehicles were placed under the custody of Highway Patrol Group Police Regional Office ARMM, Parang Maguindanao," he added.
Security operatives earlier arrested eight out of the 12 suspects involved in the Davao City blast which killed 15 and wounded 70 others last Sept. 2.
Source: Philippines News Agency