THE Philippine National Police (PNP) prevented what could have been a deadly bombing in Metro Manila with the arrest of an Indonesian bomb expert on Saturday in Culiat, Quezon City.
Anti-Transnational Crimes Unit (ATCU) head Chief Insp. Roque Merdeguia identified the suspect as Mohamad Amin, alias Aklam Amin, Amin Aklan, who reportedly has a direct link with Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).
The suspect, who was arrested by authorities at 4 p.m. Saturday in Bgy. Culiat, yielded a grenade, ammunition, several identification cards (IDs) and a cellular phone.
Police also recovered cable wires, electronic gadgets and a blueprint of a condo mall in Quezon City from the victim’s rented room.
Merdeguia said the recovery of blueprint from the suspect is not a joke since we know that he is not an engineer or architect but an expert bomber. He said there’s a possibility that the suspect was studying every detail of the said establishment for their possible planting of bombs in the area.
Aside from Amin, police also arrested the suspect’s companion, Adnan Malangkis, alias Abdul, native of Tipo-Tipo, Basilan, and the owner of the room rented by the suspect, identified as Bilal Taalam.
Records showed that Amin was listed as a most wanted person by the Department of National Defense (DND) and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) with a P600,000 bounty for his immediate arrest for kidnapping with frustrated murder in Jolo, Sulu.
Police filed charges of illegal possession of explosives and ammunition against Amin and Malangkis and harboring a fugitive and wanted person against Taalam.