Daulah Islamiya recruiter in Luzon nabbed in Quezon City

Marje Pelayo   •   September 21, 2020   •   431

MANILA, Philippines — Alleged liaison officer and recruiter of Daulah Islamiyah terrorist group, Kevin Madriñan, was nabbed in Quezon City on Saturday (September 19).

The operation was launched through the joint efforts of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Intelligence Group and the Quezon City Police District.

Authorities, however, stressed that the presence of Abu Sayyaf Group in Metro Manila cannot be considered a security threat at the moment even after Madrinañ’s arrest.

Madriñan, who goes with aliases Ibrahim Abdullah Madriñan or Ibrahim Khalil Al-Garaba, is connected with ASG Commander Mundi Sawadjaan who was behind the twin bombing in Jolo, Sulu on August 24, and with Abu Turaife of the Daulah Islamiyah based in Central Mindanao.

“Maganda iyan at nahuhuli natin at namo- monitor natin ng husto. Nakikita natin kung sino ang mga pinupuntahan nila (It’s good that we are able to capture and strictly monitor their whereabouts),” Cascolan said.

“Ang isa po dyan hindi nila basta basta magagawa iyan kung walang tulong ng komunidad (Also, they wouldn’t be able to move freely without help from the community),” he added.

Cascolan added that the PNP is now investigating whether Madriñan had plans to stage a terrorist attack in Metro Manila and in public places.

“Nakikiusap kami palagi sa komunidad na kung merong mga kahina- hinalang mga tao na umiikot sa mga lugar niyo, ireport po agad sa mga pinakamalapit na police station (We ask the community to report to the nearest police station any suspicious-looking individuals in your area),” the PNP chief said.

The PNP is encouraging the Muslim community to report to the authorities any sightings of unidentified persons or suspicious persons in their area. MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Suspected Indonesian suicide bomber nabbed in PHL to face deportation – BI

Robie de Guzman   •   October 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is filing a deportation case against suspected suicide bomber Resky Fantasya Rullie who was apprehended by authorities on Saturday.

The BI, however, said Rullie will have to face the criminal charges lodged against her before being deported.

Rullie alias Cici, an Indonesian national, was arrested in a joint operation launched by the Philippine Army’s 11th Infantry Division, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group 9, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency 9 and the immigration bureau.

Also apprehended were Inda Nhur and Fatima Sandra Jimlani Jama, both wives of ranking Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members.

Rullie is reportedly the wife of ASG sub-leader Andi Basco, who was killed in a clash with government troops in Sulu.

Her parents were said to be responsible for the January 2019 twin bombings at the Mount Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Sulu.

According to BI Intelligence Mindanao Task Group (MITG) head Melody Gonzales, Rullie was the subject of months of surveillance and was found to have allegedly been planning to conduct a suicide bombing attempt in Sulu before the arrest.

Gonzales said the trio were found in possession of a suicide vest, bombs, and other components used in making an improvised explosive device.

“They have been brought to the police station for documentation and filing of charges. A deportation case has been recommended to be filed against Rullie for terrorism, being an illegal entrant, and for undesirability, apart from the criminal charges that she face,” she said.

Gonzales said Rullie is considered a high value target in their drive against foreigners engaged in terroristic activities in the South.

Meanwhile, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente lauded his personnel and other law enforcers for the successful operation against a foreign terrorist.

“We will not stop until we have rid our country of these demons who abuse our hospitality and hurt our people,” he said.

Abu Sayyaf kills Indonesian hostage in Sulu, AFP says

Robie de Guzman   •   October 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – An Indonesian national believed to have been held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was found dead in Sulu, the military said Thursday.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said members of the Army’s 45th Infantry Battalion found the body of the Indonesian on Sept. 30 at Barangay Maligay in Patikul, Sulu during a pursuit operation.

The military said soldiers were tracking the ASG members after a clash when they stumbled upon the body. It was found at least 300 meters from the encounter site.

Reports gathered from the ground said the Indonesian was killed after he allegedly attempted to escape during the gunfight.

The AFP said the victim is one of the five Indonesian nationals held captive by the local terrorist group since January 2020.

The body has been brought to Zamboanga City for DNA testing and identification process. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Val Villaflor)

Mundi Sawadjaan still in Patikul, Sulu —WestMinCom Chief

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 1, 2020

Contrary to previous reports, Armed Forces of the Philippines-Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) chief MGen. Corleto Vinluan said Mundi Sawadjaan is still in Patikul, Sulu.

Sawadjaan, who is believed to be behind the Jolo twin blasts, is allegedly in Central Mindanao as reported by the Zamboanga Police. However, Vinluan said the military encountered Sawadjaan and his group a few days ago in Patikul.

“Nandoon siya sa ano talaga sa Sulu. As of this report, nasa Patikul pa rin siya. Iyon ang hinahabol ng tropa, na-encounter nila parang two days ago yata na-encounter (He is still in Sulu. As of this report, he is still in Patikul. Our troops were hunting him down which led to an encounter two days ago),” Vinluan said.

Vinluan said Sawadjaan and his group are just diverting the focus of security officials and lessen military pressure amid the manhunt operations being conducted against them.

Meanwhile, the Zamboanga police implemented checkpoints as precautionary measures amid terrorist threats in the area while the military continues its manhunt operation for Sawadjaan. -AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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