PNP hunts down Jolo suicide bombers’ alleged daughter

admin   •   February 20, 2019   •   1714

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QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) is on the hunt for the alleged 10-year-old daughter of the two suicide bombers responsible for the Jolo cathedral blast.

According to a suspect turned witness, the suicide bombers were an Indonesian couple and was with their daughter when they met at the airport in Tayhaji, Buto Tiyam Caltex from Zamboanga. They took the Indonesian family to Bastiong Langub, Patikul Sulu.

He also described the couple which matches the statement of eyewitnesses at the Mt. Carmel Cathedral saying the suicide bombers were a man and a woman.

The man was 5’4 in height and was wearing a black shirt and the woman was 5’2 and was wearing a hijab. Their daughter was wearing a turong.

“Based on account and intelligence information at other accounts ng other witnesses ay talagang merong isang babae at isang lalaki, ang lumalabas sabi nila yung babae ang nasa loob at lalaki ang nasa labas” PNP chief PDG Oscar Albayalde said. (Based on account and intelligence information and other accounts of other witnesses, there was really a man and a woman. They said the woman was inside while the man was standing outside.)

DILG Sec. Eduardo Año previously said the suicide bombers left their daughter to Abu Sayyaf sympathizers before the blast

Meanwhile, Albayalde wants to find the alleged daughter for DNA testing to prove if the suicide bombers are really her parents as well as to confirm their nationality.

“Iyong information na meron silang iniwan na anak dito sa Pilipinas hopefully makita natin dahil paglaki niyan posibleng maging potential suicide bomber din. Of course nakita nila sa kanilang parents.” (There is information that they left their child in the Philippines. Hopefully we can find her because she could end up becoming a suicide bomber herself as she had seen from her parents. )

Albayalde also wants an immediate action to prevent the child from getting influenced by terrorists.

He also confirmed that the two pairs of feet found in the blast site belonged to a man and a woman based on the test done by the PNP Crime Laboratory.

The woman’s feet also matches the DNA of the nape also found in the blast site.

“So the same person, yung isang pares na pangbabae at yung part ng batok na nakuha, at walang nag match sa mga ito doon sa 23 na namatay, walang nag match doon sa DNA nila.” (So one pair of feet and a part of the nape are the same person. It also did not match with the 23 fatalities, their DNAs did not match.)

The PNP chief also explained they have all the parts of the 23 victims but the man and woman whose feet were found recently remains to be unidentified.

“Iyong babae ang sabi nila ay hindi nagsasalita kasi base on witness and source ay bago bago lang siya dito sa Pilipinas, yung lalaki medyo matagal na kaya nakakapagsalita na sya ng konting Tausug.”(Witnesses and sources said, the woman hardly spoke because she hadn’t been in the Philippines long. The man, on the other hand, had been in the country for long so he could speak a little Tausug.)

He also confirmed that the Indonesian Police, who also investigated the 2002 Bali Bombing, arrived in the country and had already taken DNA samples from the blast site. — Aileen Cerrudo

No security threat in Metro Manila despite arrest of 2 ASG members in Taguig – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   July 14, 2021

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.

Over 280 local terrorists killed in military ops from January to June 2021 – WestMinCom

Robie de Guzman   •   July 8, 2021

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) on Thursday reported that it has attained “substantial gains” in the campaign against terrorism and lawlessness in its area of operation in the first semester of the year.

During the assessment and command conference held in Camp Navarro, Zamboanga City on July 7, the WestMinCom presented a summary report of its campaign against local terrorist groups covering the period from January to June 2021.

The command said that during this period, it has neutralized a total of 114 Abu Sayyaf Group members and seized 72 firearms.

WestMinCom also said that 104 members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) were killed, including high-value targets. A total of 77 firearms were seized from the group.

On the campaign against the communist terrorist group, the command said it has neutralized a total of 64 members and seized 69 firearms.

“Overall, through the sustained efforts of the command and the neutralization of its key leaders, the manpower and capabilities of the terrorist groups have totally degraded,” the WestMinCom said.

Meanwhile, on the campaign against the proliferation of loose firearms, the WestMincom said that a total of 305 high-powered and 101 low-powered firearms were voluntarily turned over to the different units of the command.

The Western Mindanao Command also improved its civil-military operations to incorporate the whole-of-nation approach in its campaign.

The platform of Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-ELCAC) and Task Force to End Local Armed Conflict is likewise maximized, particularly in delivering basic services to the target communities, it added.

“Our accomplishments have proven our fellow countrymen that we are doing our job right,” WestMinCom Commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr. said in a statement.

“For this, I commend each and every soldier, sailor, airmen, and marines for your contributions in our goal to attain peace, security, and development in our areas of operation,” he added.

Abu Sayyaf member surrenders in Basilan – military

Robie de Guzman   •   April 27, 2021

Another member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) has surrendered to authorities in Basilan, a military official said.

In a statement issued on Monday, Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMincom) chief Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr. said the intensified non-combat operations of the military units in Basilan led to the surrender of Abdul Asnulan Akil alias Abz, a resident of Barangay Kamamburingan in Ungkaya Pukan town.

“Akil is a member of the notorious Abu Sayyaf Group under Radzmil Jannatul, a.k.a. Khubayb. He has a standing warrant of arrest for murder,” Vinluan said.

Akil handed over one M1 Garand rifle with magazine and 18 rounds of ammunition when he surrendered to the military on April 25, the official said.

According to Brig. Gen. Domingo Gobway, commander of the Joint Task Force Basilan, Akil was involved in a massacre in Kamamburingan last April 22, 2018, wherein four civilians were beheaded.

“His surrender is attributed to our peace efforts facilitated by the different intelligence units here in Basilan,” he added.

Akil is currently undergoing custodial debriefing and will subsequently be turned over to PNP-Basilan for proper disposition.

“We hope that those who remain in hiding will follow the footsteps of Akil. Rest assured that we will give our full support during their reintegration process,” Vinluan said.

Since January 2021, a total of 11 ASG members have surrendered to the military in Basilan.

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