MANILA, Philippines – A suspect in the bombing of a Newman Goldliner bus in 2011 has been arrested, police said Wednesday.
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Alan Purisima said they have now under their custody Special Action Force (SAF) personnel PO2 Arnold Mayo.
Purisima said Mayo was confirmed to be the person caught by a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera of a fastfood chain carrying a sack supposed to be containing the improvised explosive device (IED) that went off inside a Newman Goldliner bus in Makati last January 25, 2011.
The blast killed 4 people and injured 14 others.
Purisima said survivors of the blast positively identified Mayo as the man who carried the sack.
He said Mayo was also responsible for the explosion at a welding shop in Taguig City last January 25, 2012 where 4 people were killed and 11 others were injured.
Mayo was among the injured in the Taguig blast. Initial police investigation in the blast said Mayo and some SAF personnel were attempting to defuse a mortar ammunition.
It turned out, however, that Mayo was trying to turn the bomb into an IED. Police have yet to establish the involvement in the bombings of other SAF personnel who were with Mayo.
Mayo was also tagged in the explosion at Salcedo Village in Makati which occurred on January 23, 2011 or two days before the Taguig explosion.
No one was reported injured in the said blast.
Police said the Makati City Regional Trial issued a warrant of arrest against Mayo. Investigation is still ongoing to determine Mayo’s motive, and whether he has links to a particular group. – report from Henry Atuelan, dzMM