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Cop who survived Taguig bomb blast faces probe

January 26, 2012 9:09am
A policeman who was injured in a bomb blast in Taguig City on Wednesday may be investigated for taking part in what appeared to be an unauthorized operation, the Philippine National Police's Special Action Force said Thursday.

PNP-SAF head Director Catalino Uy said three of his men were involved in Wednesday's incident, with two of them getting killed and one getting hurt.

"Hindi authorized ang ginawa nila ... Part of the investigation na ginagawa namin, ang liability ng nag-survive. Ang namatay wala tayong magawa doon, ang nag-survive may liability sa participation," Uy said in an interview on dzBB radio.

Now at the Quezon Memorial Medical Center was PO2 Arnold Mayo, 39, who suffered second-degree burns in the face.

Killed on the spot were PO2 Elizalde Bisaya of the SAF, and Crisanto Daguio, who owned the iron works shop.

Declared dead on arrival at the Taguig Pateros District Hospital were PO3 Jose Toralba, 38, of the SAF; and Riza Romualdo, owner of a bakery in the area.

An investigation showed three personnel of the SAF brought a bomb to an iron shop to defuse it. An iron works boy used a welding machine that caused the explosion.

Uy also said their standard operating procedures dictate that the authorities should have secured the area when trying to defuse the bomb.

Yet, he said they brought the bomb to a populated area. — LBG, GMA News



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