MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) is conducting in-depth investigation into the true relationship between Police Supt. Maria Christina Nobleza and Abu Sayyaf member Reenor Lou Dongon.
Police Regional Office 7 director Chief Supt. Noel Taliño said it turns out the two have been married even before they were seized at a checkpoint in Clarin, Bohol last Saturday.
“That’s what Dongon says. They are married. That’s the information that they are married under Muslim rites,” said Taliño.
Nobleza was married to another cop, but separated in 2010.
Nobleza and Dongon allegedly went to Bohol to provide medicine to members of the Abu Sayyaf group who were injured in their recent encounter with military troops.
“That’s why they keep on returning from Panglao, to Inabanga, Clarin area to know the whereabouts of the group and accordingly, they would just throw the medicines. But of course, we do not believe that,” Taliño said.
The police are now looking into the reason for the couple’s presence in Bohol.
Authorities say the two suspects might have planned to conduct terroristic activities especially since bomb-making materials were seized from the policewoman’s house in Bohol.
“The development here is that we were able look into their intention whatever that is. And that has been aborted because of our operation against them, timely information coming from our community,”added Taliño.
The pursuit operations of the police and the military against the remaining members of ASG in Bohol continue.
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Another member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) has surrendered to authorities in Basilan, a military official said.
In a statement issued on Monday, Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMincom) chief Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr. said the intensified non-combat operations of the military units in Basilan led to the surrender of Abdul Asnulan Akil alias Abz, a resident of Barangay Kamamburingan in Ungkaya Pukan town.
“Akil is a member of the notorious Abu Sayyaf Group under Radzmil Jannatul, a.k.a. Khubayb. He has a standing warrant of arrest for murder,” Vinluan said.
Akil handed over one M1 Garand rifle with magazine and 18 rounds of ammunition when he surrendered to the military on April 25, the official said.
According to Brig. Gen. Domingo Gobway, commander of the Joint Task Force Basilan, Akil was involved in a massacre in Kamamburingan last April 22, 2018, wherein four civilians were beheaded.
“His surrender is attributed to our peace efforts facilitated by the different intelligence units here in Basilan,” he added.
Akil is currently undergoing custodial debriefing and will subsequently be turned over to PNP-Basilan for proper disposition.
“We hope that those who remain in hiding will follow the footsteps of Akil. Rest assured that we will give our full support during their reintegration process,” Vinluan said.
Since January 2021, a total of 11 ASG members have surrendered to the military in Basilan.
Government troops on Thursday found four improvised explosive devices (IED) and other components allegedly assembled by the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group in Basilan, a military official said.
In a statement, Lt. Gen.Corleto Vinluan Jr., chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WesMinCom), said the IEDs were recovered while troops were conducting a special operation in Barangay Campug, Al-Barka, Basilan around 10 a.m. Thursday.
“Troops of the 101st Infantry Brigade, 68th Infantry Battalion, 18th Infantry Battalion, 39th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, 4th K9 Company, Naval Special Operations Unit-6, and the intelligence operatives conducted a special operation which resulted in the recovery of four improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other components,” Vinluan said.
According to Brig. Gen. Domingo Gobway, Commander of the Joint Task Force Basilan, the recovered items include the following:
Two IEDs, filled with Ammonium Nitrate/Fuel Oil (ANFO) placed in two 1kg can containers
One IED filled with ANFO placed in a 900 grams container
One IED filled with ANFO placed in 500 grams container
One 9-volt battery
One pressure-type switch
One improvised blasting cap
20 pieces projectiles
3-feet detonating cords
One 40mm High Explosive cartridge
One 40mm practice grenade round
“Said IEDs were made by the ASG members under Furuji Indama and were recovered through our intensified intelligence monitoring,” Gobway said.
Recovered devices were subsequently transported to Barangay Calugusan, Lamitan City for the conduct of Render Safe Procedure (RSP) and were placed under the custody of the 39th EOD Team for proper disposition, the AFP-WesMinCom said.
Vinluan called on the people of Basilan to “remain vigilant and immediately report any suspicious person or things in your locality.”
MANILA, Philippines — A notorious Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) leader was killed during an encounter with the military and police troops in Tawi-Tawi on Saturday (March 20).
Commander of the JTF Tawi-Tawi Brig. Gen. Arturo Rojas said the military immediately took action following a report regarding the presence of suspicious fully-armed men in Barangay Kalupag Island.
“We executed prompt military action following the receipt of information. We are anticipating reports from the communities that is why we made sure that our assets are at high readiness,” he said.
Apo Mike was already wounded when government forces captured him. He eventually died due to blood loss. Local authorities managed to rescue ASG’s last captive in Tawi-Tawi , a 15-year-old Indonesian national .AAC
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