By Jeffrey Damicog
Government authorities have arrested two suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in separate operations in the country.
National Bureau of Investigation-Counter-Terrorism Division (NBI-CTD) Chief Raoul Manguerra identified the two arrested suspected ASG men as Abdulla Addi and Aluyudan Ismael Guru.
The two were arrested jointly by operatives of the NBI-CTD, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
Addi and Guru were arrested on July 31 in Zamboanga City, and on August 15 in Pasay City, respectively, while authorities served arrest warrants against them.
The two men are facing kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges before the Pasig City Regional Trial Court (RTC) concerning the August 20, 2002 kidnapping in Patikul, Sulu that was conducted the group led by the late Ghalib Andang alias Commander Robot against six victims including two men who got beheaded.
Manguerra said Addi was arrested while he was about to enter a mall after receiving information about that he was spotted in Zamboanga City.
After Addi’s arrest, Manguerra said Guru got arrested near the Baclaran LRT Station in follow-up operations based on the information revealed by Addi.
The NBI official noted that Addi also became a close associate of ASG leader Gumbali Abu Jumdail, alias Dr. Abu, and is known for treating wounded ASG men.
He is also being linked in the kidnapping of 21 persons in Sipadan, Malaysia on April 23, 2000.