Central 911 didn't know about operation vs JI bomber

Subscribe Now December 19, 2012 at 09:13am

AN OFFICIAL of the Central 911 admitted they did not know about the operation against the alleged Malaysian Jemaah Islamiya (JI) bomber until he was cornered and gunned down. During the hastily called City Peace and Order (CPOC) meeting at the conference room of the City Hall on Monday.

Emmanuel Jaldon, Central 911 officer-in-charge, said their hotline received at least two reports from concerned citizens that there was an ongoing riot, citing the chase between the authorities and the alleged suicide bomber Mohd Noor Fikrie Bin Abd Kahar.

He said he could say that no coordination was made ahead of time since the Central 911 did not receive any warning about the ongoing operation.

"Mabilis kasi ang changes sa situation. Hindi natin pwedeng sabihin na perfect, but at least may coordination na after the neutralization at explosion," Jaldon said.

In Davao, it is common, however, for intelligence groups and police working closely with intelligence groups to keep information in a tight circle so as not to tip off anyone who has access to the target.

Responding to the call for assistance for a riot, patrol cars from the Mobile Patrol Group were dispatched, the members of whom realized it was a pursuit operation against a suspected terrorist.

Meanwhile, Jaldon said they are set to lend four out of their eight K9s to Task Force Davao (TFD) as part of the city's full alert status in anticipation of retaliation from the Jemaah Islamiya.

He said they have already coordinated with the TFD, which will be in-charge of the deployment of the K9s.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said on Monday that it could have been better if Kahar was not gunned down so that the police could have still extracted some information from him.

But since he was killed, then authorities will just have to make do with whatever they can extract from Kahar's Filipina wife, said Duterte.

Senior Superintendent Ronald dela Rosa, for his part, said they are deploying more troops to ensure the city's safety and security especially this Holiday season, following the entry of Kahar last Friday.

He said the Police Regional Office will also pull out some of its troops involved in the relief operations in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental to help secure the city.

He said there is no reason for the public to panic, but at least advised them to be vigilant.

The cadaver of Kahar was already sent to Malaysia, while complaints for illegal possession of explosives were filed before the City Prosecutor’s Office against his Filipina wife, Annabelle Nieva Lee, Tuesday afternoon.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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