After learning that her nurse was one of the fatalities of the recent Davao City bombing, Mayor Sara Duterte said she took the incident personally and vows a more determined effort to seek justice.
This Duterte proved when she sacked key officials of the city in her attempt to speed up the investigation and eventual arrest of the perpetrators.
Duterte also announced a P2-million bounty on any information that will lead to the arrest of the blast culprits.
The lady mayor revealed that the business sector in Davao City helped her raise the other P1 million of the total amount as their counterpart, while the city government will fund the other P1 million.
At the same time, Davao City Police Office director Michael John Dubria and Task Force Davao commander Col. Henry Robinson were both fired, a move Duterte hopes will establish effective schemes to assure tighter security in the region.
“I took what happened personally and I feel that there will be strained working relationships between the city government, police, and the Task Force Davao if these officials continue,” Duterte said. “I want new people on board and I want new ideas for Davao City.”
The feisty Davao City Mayor also honored her personal nurse identified as 27-year-old Kristia Gaile Bisnon who perished during last weekend’s bombing at a night market.
Bisnon, whose remains were brought to her hometown in Tacurong City Monday, once served as Duterte’s private nurse when she experienced complications in her past pregnancy.
“Even when there was nothing to do, she would choose to stay awake and watch over me. She knew my needs, and always made sure that everything was taken cared of. I did not need to tell her what to do,” said Duterte.
Duterte meanwhile said she hopes that the suspects in the bombing would be captured alive.
“We want to talk to him and find out who ordered the bombing and why it was carried out. We want to know who his cohorts are, their group, and their other terror plans.” (YAS D. OCAMPO)