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ARMM Governor: LGUs, public should be vigilant

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The local government units and the public should be more vigilant following the explosion in Cotabato City last Mondai that left eight people dead and dozens of others injured, according to Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) governor Mujiv Hataman.

Hataman pleaded "not only to the LGU of Cotabato City, but to other areas, we should have preemptive measures such as CCTV (closed-circuit television) cameras aside from police visibility."

The ARMM Regional Governor said that there should also have the active participation of local government units. "We have been saying, since the very start, that the active participation of the people very is very relevant and needed."

At least 8 people were killed and more than 30 others seriously injured when a powerful bomb exploded along Sinsuat Avenue past 4 p.m. Monday. Of the 30 injured, 13 remain inside the hospital, said Central Mindanao Police director General Charles Calima Jr.

Earlier reports revealed that the the convoy of Cotabato City Administrator Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi, sister of Cotabato City Mayor Japal Guiani, was the target of the blast suspects. But the city administrator was unharmed in the blast.

Hataman, meantime, said the CCTV camera installed in a fastfood restaurant may not have captured the perpetrators of the blast.

The latest bombing in Cotabato City came just days after the blast in Cagayan de Oro that left 6 people dead.

The explosion also came a month after the United States, Australia and Canada issued travel ban of their citizens for the cities of Cotabato, Davao, and Zamboanga due to security threats such as bomb attacks and kidnappings.

By Hader Glang




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