MANILA, Philippines — The joint forces of the regional intelligence unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Task Force Zamboanga and its maritime unit arrested two suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Barangay Mariki, in Zamboanga City last Saturday.
They were identified as Tantari Sampang alias Abu Sonny and Paisar Aktub Sampang alias Jaber.
The two were allegedly working for ASG top leader Radulan Sahiron.
“Hindi lang sila basta-basta. They are someone doon sa organization nila kasi directly under Radulan Sahiron sila kaya nga mas masaya tayo na nakuha natin sila the fastest time,” said Zamboanga City Police spokesperson, PSInsp. Shellamae Chang.
(They are not ordinary members. They are someone [important] within the organization because they are working directly under Radulan Sahiron. That’s why we’re glad to have arrested them in the fastest time.)
Tantari Sampang is facing seven counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention, while Paisar Aktub Sampang is facing six counts of the same offenses in connection with his alleged involvement in the abduction of the employees of golden harvest plantation in Lantawan, Basilan, back in 2001.
According to Chang, they were able to arrest seven ASG members this month.
Meanwhile, the Zamboanga police allayed residents’ concerns over the series of arrests of alleged ASG members in the city.
They explained that they are just proving that they are doing their all in providing security to the public.
Despite this, the PNP is not discounting the possibility that the colleagues of the arrested ASG members might have been planning to sow violence in the area.
“Hindi po tayo pwede magrelaks kumbaga hindi natin pwede idisregard yung thought na baka mas madami pa sila kaya nga we rely on the information na yung binibigay ng community,” said Chang.
(We cannot just relax. We cannot disregard the thought that there are plenty of them. This is why we are relying on the information given by the community.)
Authorities will turn over Tantari to the Basilan police, while Paisar to the Pasig City police where he has a standing warrant of arrest. — Maris Federes| UNTV News and Rescue