CLARIN, BOHOL – A feminine police officer assigned to Davao Region and her driver have been detained on suspicions that they have been right here to rescue the remaining Abu Sayyaf members, who have been being hunted down by authorities troops after a foiled try at mass kidnapping.
Supt. Maria Christina Nobleza and Reenor Lou Dungon tried to drive previous a police checkpoint previous eight p.m. on Saturday, about the identical time the police and navy groups have been looking down the bandit group and later killed three members right here, a substantial distance from the Abu Sayyaf strongholds in Sulu and Basilan provinces.
Military sources stated Nobleza, deputy regional chief of the crime laboratory in Davao Region, claimed that she was in Clarin on a tour.
But investigators weren’t shopping for it after they recovered Nobleza’s cellphone and noticed a textual content message purportedly from one of many Abu Sayyaf members, begging to be rescued.
In-law of Abu chief
Intelligence sources stated Dungon was stated to be a brother-in-law of an Abu Sayyaf chief.
With the 2 have been an aged lady and an adolescent.
Government troops locked down elements of Barangay Bacani right here after the presence of the remaining Abu Sayyaf members was detected following a tip from a “habal-habal” (bike) driver.
Four slain since Saturday
Four Abu Sayyaf bandits have been killed since Saturday, together with Joselito Melloria, a local of Barangay Napo in adjoining Inabanga city who had transformed to Islam.
Melloria was killed on Saturday afternoon whereas the three unidentified others have been slain within the night.
According to the navy, Melloria, alias Abu Alih, assumed the management of the remaining Abu Sayyaf bandits, who escaped the federal government siege in Napo on April 11 that left no less than 4 of his comrades, together with their chief, Muammar Askali, alias Abu Rami, useless.
Abu Rami had been concerned within the kidnapping and execution of Canadian and German nationals in latest months, based on the navy.
The navy has been struggling to wipe out Abu Sayyaf, which initially had Muslim separatist goals however now engages largely in banditry and piracy.
The group has been holding more than two dozen captives, most of them Vietnamese sailors, who’re simple prey for militants geared up with small, quick boats.
Cave, Nissan pickup
The remaining Abu Sayyaf members have been later discovered to be hiding in a collapse Bacani, a spot acquainted to Melloria as a result of he had studied highschool in Clarin.
About 9 p.m. on Saturday, a black Nissan Navara pickup drove previous a police checkpoint in Barangay Bacani, prompting troopers to chase the automobile.
The pursuit resulted in Sitio Kabasakan, in Bacani, which was about 150 meters from the cave that served because the hideout of the remaining Abu Sayyaf members.
While on the police station, Nobleza went to the bathroom, pretending to pee, based on the police official who was aware about the interrogation however was not licensed to present an announcement to reporters.
SIM card recovered
The cellphone was later recovered inside the bathroom however with out the SIM card, which the police later discovered outdoors the bathroom with the assistance of a Okay-9 canine.
Based on the textual content messages on the cardboard, it appeared that Nobleza was speaking with the remaining Abu Sayyaf bandits in Clarin who have been asking to be rescued.
Nobleza informed interrogators that she was on a tour in Bohol and simply handed by the realm, a police source stated. She didn’t give some other reply besides, “I invoke my right to privacy.”
In the meantime, the 4 slain Abu Sayyaf members, together with Melloria, have been buried in a public cemetery in Clarin previous 3 p.m. in line with Islamic legislation that the physique be buried inside 24 hours from the time of death.
Only Melloria was claimed by his kinfolk from Barangay Napo, Inabanga. —WITH REPORTS FROM BENJIE TALISIC, PHILIP C. TUBEZA
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