MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Guillermo Eleazar on Wednesday said that no security threat has been monitored in Metro Manila despite the recent arrest of two suspected members of Abu Sayyaf Group in Taguig City.
In a statement, Eleazar said authorities continue to check if the two suspects have cohorts in Metro Manila and if they were planning to commit acts of terror.
“Sa panig ng PNP, wala tayong nakikitang banta ng terorismo dito sa Metro Manila. Patuloy ang imbestigasyon sa pagkakaaresto sa dalawang miyembro umano ng Abu Sayyaf sa Taguig. Inaalam pa ng mga imbestigador kung bakit narito sa NCR ang mga suspek,” he said.
“Magkagayon man, nananatiling alerto ang ating kapulisan para masiguro ang kapayaan at kaayusan dito sa Kamaynilaan,” he added.
The two suspects, identified as Taupik Galbun a.k.a “Pa Wahid,” and Saik Galbun a.k.a “Pa Tanda,” were nabbed during an operation in Sitio Imelda, Upper Bicutan, Taguig City last Saturday, July 10.
Teams from the National Capital Region Police Office, the Southern Police District, the Taguig City Police, and the Joint Task Force NCR conducted the operation.
Reports reaching the Office of the PNP chief said that Taupik Galbun has several arrest warrants against him including six counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention with ransom.
He was said to be a member of the ASG directly under the late Isnilon Hapilon and Radulan Sahiron.
Taupik Galbun allegedly took part in the beheading of three persons and the abduction of three teachers in Zamboanga City as well as six members of the Jehovah’s Witness in Patikul, Sulu.
Saik Galbun was also implicated in the kidnapping of the six Jehovah’s Witness members and also has a warrant of arrest for kidnapping and serious illegal detention with ransom.
The two suspects were placed under the custody the District Special Operations.
Eleazar urged the public to immediately report to authorities if they see anything suspicious or if they have information on the presence of lawless individuals in their areas.