TWO suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were arrested in Zamboanga City just recently.
National Bureau of Investigation Director Dante Gierran and Philippine National Police chief Director General Roland dela Rosa identified the ASG men as Hood Salvador Abdullah, a.k.a. Jiking, and Jimmy B. Sapih, a.k.a. Bin Laden.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III lauded the joint operation which resulted in the arrest of the two by elements of the NBI Counter Terrorism Division (NBI-CTD), the PNP Regional Office 9 (PRO9) and AFP West Mindanao Command (AFP Wesmincom)-Naval Special Operations Group (Navsog).
“We are sending the message sa mga terorista na pagtutulong-tulungan namin sila at hindi namin sila tatantanan,” Dela Rosa said.
Abdullah and Sapih were implicated in the June 11, 2001 abduction of two employees of Golden Harvest Plantation in Bgy. Tairan, Lantawan, Basilan, and the kidnapping in August 2002 of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Patikul, Sulu. They are part of Furiji Indama’s strike group who beheads victims.