Misuari hands over ASG leader ‘Edang’ Susukan to PNP

Marje Pelayo   •   August 14, 2020   •   438

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Archie Gamboa announced the hand over of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) leader Anduljihad “Edang” Susukan to the PNP.

The turn over was held at the residence of  Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari, who facilitated the process, at Yñigue Subdivision Maa, Davao City Thursday evening (August 13).

“We thank Chairman Nur Misuari for facilitating the negotiation between the PNP, headed by PCol Kirby John Kraft, Davao City Police Director, and Edang Susukan,” Gamboa said.

Police officers initiated the negotiation after finding out that Susukan was brought to Davao City to seek medical attention. 

“The PNP immediately advised Mayor Inday Sara Duterte who assured us  her full cooperation and assistance, to ensure the peaceful handover and orderly transfer of custody to appropriate authorities,” Gamboa added.

The warrants of arrest served were 23 cases of murder, 10 for kidnapping and serious illegal detention, and 6 for frustrated murder. 

Susukan  will undergo a medical check up at the Camp Quintin Merecido Hospital.

Daulah Islamiya recruiter in Luzon nabbed in Quezon City

Marje Pelayo   •   September 21, 2020

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)

AFP hunts down Abu Sayyaf leader, other suspects in Jolo twin blasts

Robie de Guzman   •   August 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities are now pursuing the persons behind the twin bombings that rocked the Jolo town in the province of Sulu on Monday.

Major General Corleto Vinluan Jr., the newly-installed chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), said the explosions were perpetrated by Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) leader Mundi Sawadjaan with the help of a still unidentified female suicide bomber.

Vinluan said Sawadjaan and his group were the ones behind the bombing of Jolo Cathedral in January 2019 which killed 23 people and injured 109 others.

The military have been tracking Sawadjaan and his group since May and he was also the target of pursuing four Army Intelligence officers before they were shot dead on June 29 by Jolo police officers, according to the military official.

Vinluan said they received information about the group’s plan to launch an attack but they lost track of Sawadjaan when the four soldiers were killed.

Had Sawadjaan and the suicide bombers been captured, Monday’s twin bombings probably would have been avoided, he said.

“Actually yun ‘yung sinusundan namin nung, kaya nga may namatay na apat na sundalo nu’n di ba, ang target nila ‘yung suicide bombers plus si Mundi Sawadjaan. ‘Yun ang target natin nu’n na hindi naituloy dahil nga sa nangyari,” he said.

But Brigadier General Manuel Abu, director of Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, maintained that the shooting incident could have been avoided if the soldiers coordinated their moves with the local police.

Abu also said they would have also helped in the operation if the slain military men informed the local police.

“Walang coordination din eh, kung sila ba naman ‘yung mga napatay ay, nirespeto nila ‘yung mga naka-uniporme at hindi nila parang tinarayan, ay di baka hindi natuloy pati itong bombing, nagkatulungan pa ang PNP at AFP, di ba?” he said.

Monday’s twin blasts at Barangay Walled City in Jolo killed 14 people – seven soldiers, one policeman and six civilians – and injured 75 others.

The first explosion occurred just before noon beside Paradise Food Shop while the second blast transpired an hour later about 100 meters away from the first blast site.

Authorities said the first explosive device could have been planted on a motorcycle they found parked near the KM450 military truck. The second explosion was a suicide bomb carried by an unidentified female.

The municipality has been placed under total lockdown until the probe into the incident is completed. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

4 suspected Abu Sayyaf members killed in Parañaque raid

Robie de Guzman   •   June 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Four suspected members of terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed in a raid launched by government security forces in Don Bosco, Parañaque City past Friday midnight.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) identified the suspects as Bensaudi Sali alias “Boy,” his wife Merhama Abdul Sawari alias “Mheng,” Rasin Hussin alias “Boscon,” and Jamal Kalliming alias “Pando.”

According to National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) regional director Major General Debold Sinas, the four suspects died during the raid jointly conducted by elements from the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Sinas said the team tried to serve a search warrant at the house of the suspects in Better Living Subdivision at 12:26 a.m. when the suspects engaged law enforcers in a firefight.

The security forces retaliated which eventually led to the killing of the suspects.

The police and military said the operation stemmed from the information they received about the presence of members of Daulah Islamiyah, who were tagged as a financial conduit of Daesh-East Asia, in Parañaque City.

Daulah Islamiyah is a faction of the ASG that is affiliated with the Islamic State.

The search warrant against the suspects was issued by Judge Noemi Balitaan of the Parañaque City Regional Trial Court Branch 258 for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.

According to reports from the AFP and the PNP, the suspects’ profiles are as follows:

  • Sali was tagged as a member of ASG/Daulah Islamiyah in Sulu. He was a native of Jolo and had been working as a security guard in a residential condominium in Parañaque.
  • His wife, Sawari was tagged as ASG/Daulah Islamiyah-Sulu group’s finance and logislitics facilitator. She was said to be the recipient of money remittance from Indonesian ISEA facilitator Yoga Fabrianto who was arrested in Sabah on June 2019.
  • Hussin and Kalliming, who were also both working as security guards like Sali, were alleged cohorts of the two ASG members.

The military said that after the operation, authorities recovered from the site three blasting caps, different kinds of wire, two bottles of white and brownish granules (suspected explosives), two revolvers and two pistols with live ammunition, two black ISIS flags, two hand grenades, one M16 rifle, and one electric match.

The PNP said the encounter also resulted in the wounding of Police Corporal Ehrol Gamboa, who is now receiving treatment for the gunshot wounds he sustained on both legs.

PNP chief Police General Archie Gamboa said crime scene investigators are thoroughly sifting through the recovered evidence while a complete investigation has been ordered into the circumstances surrounding the presence of the alleged Abu Sayyaf members in Metro Manila. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)


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