NBI nabs 2 suspected Abu Sayyaf members tagged in Basilan kidnap case

Robie de Guzman   •   July 2, 2019   •   945

Courtesy : NBI-Counter Terrorism Division

MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Tuesday said two suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf group (ASG) were arrested in separate operations in Manila and Taguig City.

The suspects, identified as Ibno Ismael alias “Abu Kodano” and Totoni Hairon, were tagged in the Golden Harvest kidnapping case in Basilan in 2011.

The NBI said the two are facing kidnapping and serious illegal detention cases. The suspects’ apprehension last June 26 was based on arrest warrants issued by Basilan Regional Trial Court.

According to the NBI, Ismael, who was using another name, was working as a construction worker in Taguig while Hairon was working as a security guard in Port Area in Manila.

The suspected ASG members are currently detained at the NBI Detention facility and are set to be transferred to Zamboanga City. (with details from April Cenedoza)

Duterte orders NBI to take over Clarin town mayor David Navarro’s slay case

Marje Pelayo   •   October 29, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to stop its investigation on Clarin-Misamis Occidental Mayor David Navarro’s slay case.

Navarro was ambushed by armed men on his way to Cebu City Prosecutor’s office on board a police patrol car on October 25 for inquest proceedings on charges of alleged sexual assault.

He was on Duterte’s drug watchlist of narco-politicians.

The President said he wanted an impartial investigation that is why he ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to handle the case instead.

Navarro was under police custody when the crime happened.

Mas gusto ko ang NBI na lang…kasi noong nangyari iyan, kasama ang pulis (I prefer that the NBI [conduct the investigation] because when the incident happened, the police were there),” Duterte said.

“To make it really fair, I’d like to order the police to terminate their investigations and hand it to the NBI whatever documents and all proof or evidence that they have in their hands,” he added.

The Chief Executive said he had a conversation with Navarro several weeks before the ambush where the local official admitted to receiving death threats.

The PNP, for its part, assured that it is ready to heed the President’s order while the Department of Justice (DOJ) welcomes the President’s decision.

“Given the circumstances surrounding the killing of Clarin Mayor Navarro, the President’s directive for the NBI to take over the investigation of the incident should quell any doubts regarding this government’s commitment to solve the case and bring to account those responsible,” concluded DOJ Spokesperson Mark Perete. – MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

NCRPO forms quad-intel force to intensify fight against illegal drugs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 27, 2019

Chief NCRPO, PMGEN GUILLERMO LORENZO T ELEAZAR spearheaded the meeting with NCRPO “QUAD-INTEL FORCE” AGAINST ILLEGAL DRUGS followed by a press/media briefing this 27th day of September 2019 at NCRPO Conference Room, Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig City. (Courtesy: NCRPO PIO)

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has formed a quad-intel force to intensify the campaign against illegal drugs.

The NCR quad-intel force is composed of the NCRPO, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) – Joint Task Force (JTF).

“We are all here to show a united agency in the campaign against illegal drugs by forming the first-ever formal alliance of the PDEA-NCR, NCRPO, NBI-NCR and the JTF-NCR to run after the scalawags in our rank,” the group said.

NCRPO Director Police Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said the ‘ninja cops’ controversy have prompted them to form the squad.

“This is a part of lessons that we have learned na mas maganda talaga na coordinated tayo sa simula pa lamang, (it is better to be coordinated from the start),” he said.

Eleazar is also calling out to the public to immediately report to authorities if they have information about police officers involved in illegal drugs.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

4 suspected Abu Sayyaf members arrested in Zamboanga City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 26, 2019

Four suspected members of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were arrested during the joint operation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Zamboanga City on Thursday (September 26).

The arrested individuals were identified as Aljiver Habibula, Omar Julaspih, Rody Marail, and Nash Amik who are all from Sulu province and are currently residing at Barangay Baliwasan, Zamboanga City.

Recovered from the operation are ingredients for Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

According to the PNP, they have been monitoring the suspects for several days. They also clarified they have not received any threats of bombing in Zamboanga City.

“Batay sa briefing ng ating intelligence division ay wala naman talaga tayong threat tungkol diyan. Hindi rin natin masasabi kung ito ba ay may plano (attack) para sa ating fiesta pilar (Based on the briefing of our intelligence division, there are no threats. We also cannot say if they have a planned attack for our festival),” Police Regional Office 9 Spokesperson PMaj. Helen Galvez said.

However, according to AFP Western Mindanao Command Spokesperson Maj. Arvin John Encinas, they received a report last month about the ASG’s plan to bomb various areas in the country.

Encinas said this is a part of ASG’s retaliatory attack because their number continues to decrease.

“Maliit na lang iyan pero mayroon silang kakayahan to conduct IED attacks (They may be small but they still have the capacity to conduct IED attacks),” he warned.

Due to this, he reminded the public to immediately report to the authorities any suspicious individuals in their area.

They can contact the PRO-9 office at 0917 506 2000.—AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

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