THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) yesterday announced the recent arrest in Pasay City of two Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members implicated in the 2002 Sulu abduction of religious members.
NBI Officer-in-Charge Officer-In-Charge Eric B. Distor identified the suspects as Jamar Ibi alias ‘Bas,’ and Raden Jamil alias ‘Tamiya.’
Distor said the arrested suspects were allegedly involved in the abduction of Jehova’s Witness members in 2002 in Patikul, Sulu, and were the subjects of arrest warrants issued by a court for kidnapping and serious illegal detention with ransom.
The operation stemmed from information received by the NBI-Counter-Terrorism Division (NBI-CTD) that certain Abu Sayyaf members known as “Bas” and “Tamiya” have been sighted in Pasay City. They were positively identified by the witness from a photo line-up.
After a series of surveillance operations conducted by the NBI-CTD together with their Armed Forces of the Philippines counterparts, operatives proceeded to the area and successfully arrested Ibi on October 12, 2020.
Another operation was conducted in Pasay City on October 19, 2020 by the NBI-CTD that led to the apprehension of Tamiya. Both suspects are detained at the NBI Detention Facility.
“It is worthy to note that since January of this year, the relentless efforts of the NBI, the Counter Terrorism Division in particular, has resulted in the arrested five members of the notorious Abu Sayyaf Group,” Distor said.