4th US embassy bomb suspect identified

The Philippine Star| Written by: Jose Rodel Clapano| December 14, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Police identified yesterday the fourth suspect behind the planting of an improvised explosive device (IED) near the United States embassy in Manila on Nov. 28.

The Manila Police District (MPD) identified the suspect as Elmer Romero, 36, alias Jamal, who was arrested on Dec. 7 in Barangay Mangan-Vaca in Subic, Zambales.

MPD director Senior Superintendent Joel Coronel said they traced Romero’s location based on the information provided by the three suspects arrested earlier by police.

Coronel said Romero admitted his participation in the foiled bombing attempt.

Mayor Joseph Estrada lauded the MPD for the arrest of Romero.

Estrada gave a total of P350,000 in cash reward to six people, including two policemen who detonated the IED and an employee of the Department of Public Works and Highways who found the bomb in a trash bin near the US embassy.