PNP hunts down Jolo suicide bombers’ alleged daughter

admin   •   February 20, 2019   •   1595

Photo courtesy of Ahmad Sajan

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) is on the hunt for the alleged 10-year-old daughter of the two suicide bombers responsible for the Jolo cathedral blast.

According to a suspect turned witness, the suicide bombers were an Indonesian couple and was with their daughter when they met at the airport in Tayhaji, Buto Tiyam Caltex from Zamboanga. They took the Indonesian family to Bastiong Langub, Patikul Sulu.

He also described the couple which matches the statement of eyewitnesses at the Mt. Carmel Cathedral saying the suicide bombers were a man and a woman.

The man was 5’4 in height and was wearing a black shirt and the woman was 5’2 and was wearing a hijab. Their daughter was wearing a turong.

“Based on account and intelligence information at other accounts ng other witnesses ay talagang merong isang babae at isang lalaki, ang lumalabas sabi nila yung babae ang nasa loob at lalaki ang nasa labas” PNP chief PDG Oscar Albayalde said. (Based on account and intelligence information and other accounts of other witnesses, there was really a man and a woman. They said the woman was inside while the man was standing outside.)

DILG Sec. Eduardo Año previously said the suicide bombers left their daughter to Abu Sayyaf sympathizers before the blast

Meanwhile, Albayalde wants to find the alleged daughter for DNA testing to prove if the suicide bombers are really her parents as well as to confirm their nationality.

“Iyong information na meron silang iniwan na anak dito sa Pilipinas hopefully makita natin dahil paglaki niyan posibleng maging potential suicide bomber din. Of course nakita nila sa kanilang parents.” (There is information that they left their child in the Philippines. Hopefully we can find her because she could end up becoming a suicide bomber herself as she had seen from her parents. )

Albayalde also wants an immediate action to prevent the child from getting influenced by terrorists.

He also confirmed that the two pairs of feet found in the blast site belonged to a man and a woman based on the test done by the PNP Crime Laboratory.

The woman’s feet also matches the DNA of the nape also found in the blast site.

“So the same person, yung isang pares na pangbabae at yung part ng batok na nakuha, at walang nag match sa mga ito doon sa 23 na namatay, walang nag match doon sa DNA nila.” (So one pair of feet and a part of the nape are the same person. It also did not match with the 23 fatalities, their DNAs did not match.)

The PNP chief also explained they have all the parts of the 23 victims but the man and woman whose feet were found recently remains to be unidentified.

“Iyong babae ang sabi nila ay hindi nagsasalita kasi base on witness and source ay bago bago lang siya dito sa Pilipinas, yung lalaki medyo matagal na kaya nakakapagsalita na sya ng konting Tausug.”(Witnesses and sources said, the woman hardly spoke because she hadn’t been in the Philippines long. The man, on the other hand, had been in the country for long so he could speak a little Tausug.)

He also confirmed that the Indonesian Police, who also investigated the 2002 Bali Bombing, arrived in the country and had already taken DNA samples from the blast site. — Aileen Cerrudo

Alleged ASG sub-leader killed in Zamboanga

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 2, 2021

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines—An alleged sub-leader of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was killed during an encounter with the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Zamboanga City on Tuesday (February 2).

Arrasid Adjing Halissam reportedly served as an assistant of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) international leader Isnilon Hapilon.

Based on initial reports, PNP authorities went to the suspect’s house to issue a warrant of arrest for illegal possession of firearms and explosives. However, it escalated to an encounter which resulted in the death of Halissam.

The PNP also reported that Halissam had direct communication with ASG sub-leader Mundi Sawadjaan regarding a terrorist attack plan in the Zambasulta area. He also served as a recruiter and finance conduit of Dawlah Islamiya Terrorist Group.

Halissam was also involved in several bombing incidents an kidnapping in Mindanao. AAC (with reports from Val Villaflor)

Alleged member of ASG-linked crime group killed in an encounter in Zamboanga

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — An alleged member of a crime group linked to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASF) has been killed in an encounter with the military in Zamboanga Sibugay.

The suspect, identified as Ibrahim Anduhol alias Tongtong, is reportedly linked with the Barahama Ali crime syndicate that is allegedly engaged in kidnapping, robbery, and other criminal activities.

A law enforcement operation was conducted by police authorities around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday (December 17) which led to an encounter. Anduhol opened fire, leading to the police to retaliate. Police recovered two caliber .45 pistols with ammunition.

Andhol had a standing warrant of arrest for murder, and was involved in the killing of a soldier and kidnappings of a businesswoman in Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay in 2015, and a businessman in Kabasalan in 2018. AAC (with reports from Val Villarflor)

11 Abu Sayyaf members surrender in Sulu

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 19, 2020

Eleven members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) surrendered to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Sulu on Saturday (October 17).

The 1101st Infantry Brigade of the AFP identified the surrenderers in their aliases as: Alji, Gaspar, Amz, Ardin, Bebs, Madz, Uyong, Bahad, Navin, Allon, and Asir.

According to Western Mindanao Command Spokesperson Lt. Colonel Alaric delos Santos, the holistic approach of the Joint Task Force in Sulu paved the way for the former ASG members’ surrender.

The 11 members also surrendered five M16 rifle and one M1 grenade launcher. After surrendering, they will undergo rehabilitation program for them to be able to receive the benefits from the government under the Localized Social Integration Program.

Last October, over 100 ex-ASG members in Sulu were given P15,000 cash assistance. AAC (with reports from Val Villaflor)

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