1 suspect in Cotabato City blast surrenders to police

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ONE OF the two suspects in the Dec. 31 bombing at a mall in Cotabato City is now under police custody after turning himself in. Police Regional Office 12 Chief Supt. Eliseo T. Rasco said on Tuesday that suspect Salipudin Pasandalan was accompanied by his relatives when he surrendered to the Cotabato City Police Station on Sunday night. Mr. Rasco said the 56-year-old Pasandalan, who is being assisted by two lawyers, decided to surrender after he saw his face on television being reported as one of the suspects caught on CCTV. “Ongoing ‘yung ating (our) investigation,” he said at a press briefing in Camp Crame, adding that he has already directed the special investigation task group (SITG) on the incident to prepare the filing of charges. With his legal backing, the police are not expecting Mr. Pasandalan to give information. “He is assisted by two lawyers right now, so hindi na sya talaga magsasalita (he won’t be saying anything),” Mr. Rasco said. The SITG South Seas is still probing who or what group is behind the bombing that killed two and wounded more than 30 others. — Vince Angelo C. Ferreras