MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) is conducting in-depth investigation into the true relationship between Police Supt. Maria Christina Nobleza and Abu Sayyaf member Reenor Lou Dongon.
Police Regional Office 7 director Chief Supt. Noel Taliño said it turns out the two have been married even before they were seized at a checkpoint in Clarin, Bohol last Saturday.
“That’s what Dongon says. They are married. That’s the information that they are married under Muslim rites,” said Taliño.
Nobleza was married to another cop, but separated in 2010.
Nobleza and Dongon allegedly went to Bohol to provide medicine to members of the Abu Sayyaf group who were injured in their recent encounter with military troops.
“That’s why they keep on returning from Panglao, to Inabanga, Clarin area to know the whereabouts of the group and accordingly, they would just throw the medicines. But of course, we do not believe that,” Taliño said.
The police are now looking into the reason for the couple’s presence in Bohol.
Authorities say the two suspects might have planned to conduct terroristic activities especially since bomb-making materials were seized from the policewoman’s house in Bohol.
“The development here is that we were able look into their intention whatever that is. And that has been aborted because of our operation against them, timely information coming from our community,”added Taliño.
The pursuit operations of the police and the military against the remaining members of ASG in Bohol continue.
Authorities expect to hunt them down at the soonest possible time as they are now on survival mode. — Gladys Toabi | UNTV News & Rescue
Eleven members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) surrendered to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Sulu on Saturday (October 17).
The 1101st Infantry Brigade of the AFP identified the surrenderers in their aliases as: Alji, Gaspar, Amz, Ardin, Bebs, Madz, Uyong, Bahad, Navin, Allon, and Asir.
According to Western Mindanao Command Spokesperson Lt. Colonel Alaric delos Santos, the holistic approach of the Joint Task Force in Sulu paved the way for the former ASG members’ surrender.
The 11 members also surrendered five M16 rifle and one M1 grenade launcher. After surrendering, they will undergo rehabilitation program for them to be able to receive the benefits from the government under the Localized Social Integration Program.
Last October, over 100 ex-ASG members in Sulu were given P15,000 cash assistance. AAC (with reports from Val Villaflor)
MANILA, Philippines – Five suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed and two soldiers were injured in an encounter between the government troops and the terrorist group in Zamboanga Sibugay on Wednesday (September 9).
Lieutenant Colonel Don Templonuevo, commander of the 44th Infantry Batallion said the clash happened during a joint military and police pursuit operations in Barangay Pres. Roxas, RT Lim in Zamboanga Sibugay around 2 a.m.
Templonuevo said the encounter was the result of their pursuit operations against armed elements of Abral Abdusalam and Sahibad group led by Furuji Indama, an ASG leader based in Basilan.
The clash follows an earlier gun battle between the military and the local terrorist group in Barangay La Paz, Alicia in Zamboanga Sibugay on Sept. 6, he added.
The military said government troops were also able to recover four high-powered firearms after the 30-minute clash against the 10 Abu Sayyaf Group member.
Pursuit operation against the ASG is still on-going.
Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas, Commander, 102nd Infantry Brigade, said the group was supposedly planning to conduct kidnapping activities in the region based on information they received from a reliable source.
“The unit would also like to thank the locals who tipped-off the authorities of the presence of these terrorist groups which resulted to the timely response of our troops,” Nicolas said.
Meanwhile, the two wounded soldiers, whose identities are yet to be disclosed, were airlifted to Camp Navarro General Hospital, Zamboanga City for proper medical attention.
Both soldiers are now in stable condition, the military reported.
Police operatives have arrested an alleged Abu Sayyaf Group sub-leader on Wednesday (August 26).
PBGen. Jesus Cambay Jr., Director of the Police Regional Office (PRO) for Zamboanga Peninsula, identified the individual as Jamiul Nassalon.
“Nassalon was arrested after a 3-hour travel using high-speed sea craft which surreptitiously entered the shorelines of Mabuhay municipality,” based on the report of PRO Region 9.
Authorities arrested Nassalon during an operation at Barangay Caliran, Mabuhay, Zamboanga Sibugay.
Nassalon uses several aliases including Ustad Amih, Abu Harris, Abu Janar and Abu Jamih. He is allegedly involved in several kidnappings and beheading of their captives.
“He also got involved in the massacre of 8 fishermen in Siromon Waters, Barangay Dita, Zamboanga City on January 9, 2017,” the report added.
The Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 16 and 32 of the 9th Judicial Region, Zamboanga City have filed Warrants of Arrest for crimes of Serious Illegal Detention with Ransom, Multiple Attempted Murder, both non-bailable, and Attempted Murder against Nassalon. -AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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