Suspected Abu Sayyaf nabbed in Manila: NCRPO

By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

December 22, 2018, 3:42 pm

MANILA -- A suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf, who was involved in kidnappings, has been arrested in Tondo, Manila, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Guillermo Eleazar said on Saturday.

Eleazar identified the suspect as Sudais Asmad, 25, native of Landang, Zamboanga del Sur, and residing at the Baseco Compound, Block 9, Tondo in Manila.

He was arrested in Barangay 271 in Binondo, Manila at about 10:05 p.m. Thursday for kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges.

Asmad, allegedly a follower of Abu Sayyaf Group leader Furuji Indama, was reportedly in Manila to receive financial support from sympathizers, and other unknown missions.

Operatives of the Regional Special Operations Unit (RSOU) of NCRPO served the warrant of arrest against the suspect. The enforcers also recovered a pistol, a magazine loaded with four live ammunition, and a chamber loaded with one live ammunition during the police operation.

Eleazar said investigation showed that Asmad was part of the Abu Sayyaf group that kidnapped 15 employees of the Golden Harvest Plantation in Lantawan, Basilan from June to October 2001. One of the victims identified Asmad as one of the kidnappers and provided an affidavit of his involvement in the crime.

Asmad is said to be the liaison and escort/guide of Balik Islam from Luzon to Basilan province and was also alleged to be part of a group from Basilan that was supposed to augment the local terrorist group under Isnilon Hapilon during the Marawi Siege in May 2017.

The suspect and the recovered pieces of evidence were brought to the RSOU for investigation and proper disposition.

The suspect is under the custody of the RSOU in Camp Bagong Diwa. In addition to his kidnapping charges, Asmad will also face charges for violating Republic Act No. 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act of 2013. (PNA)