Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa on Saturday called on critics to stop the blame game over the deadly explosion that hit Davao City on Friday night.
“This is not the right time to point fingers,” Dela Rosa said after admitting in a press conference at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City that there might be possible lapses in police intelligence gathering.
“Kapag nalusutan tayo, kapag may sumabog automatic intelligence has to be blamed, but then again yun ngang pinakamatindi na intelligence agency sa buong mundo yung CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) ng Amerika, well-funded and everything, nalusutan nga sila,” Dela Rosa said.
“How much more yung intelligence group nung PNP, intelligence service ng AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines)? So malaki rin ang tsansa na tayo ay malusutan,” he added.
Dela Rosa said the police and the military are exerting all efforts to determine which group was behind incident as well as to secure the entire country against any similar attacks.
“This is not the right time for finger-pointing kung kaninong failure yun. It’s not the right time for us to point fingers,” Dela Rosa said.
Dela Rosa further reasoned out that while police units in Davao City are always on heightened alert whenever there are threats of terrorism, authorities cannot guard all possible points of entry at all times.
“Yung Davao lahat ng major thoroughfares diyan, entry points going to Davao ay selyado ng Task Force Davao. But still may nakalusot pa rin dahil nga hindi lang naman yung three or four na major entry points, north, south, east, west entry points ng Davao City ang pwede nila (terrorists) pagdaanan. Malawak po yung shoreline ng Davao City,” Dela Rosa said.
Just recently, Davao City vice mayor and presidential son, Paolo Duterte said there are threats of terrorism in the city.
By ELIZABETH MARCELO, GMA News