PHILIPPINE National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday announced the capture of a suspected Abu Sayyaf bomb-maker wanted for his role in the infamous bombing of a bus terminal in Kidapawan City in North Cotabato which killed seven persons and wounded 24 others on October 10, 2012.
Suspect Abdurahman Mataud Daiyung alias ‘Biznar Salabudin/Abu Talha,’ described as an ‘operative’ of the Abu Sayyaf who used to work with the late Isnilon Hapilon was captured by combined agents of the Regional Special Operations Unit and Regional Intelligence Division of the National Capital Region Police Office under Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar in Ermita, Manila last Sunday morning, the PNP chief said.
According to Gen. Albayalde, NCRPO operatives, with the help of the Naval Intelligence and Security Group-NCR and Naval Special Operations Group of the Philippine Navy tracked down Daiyung inside no. 1205 M.H. del Pilar Street corner Padre Faura in Ermita, Manila and arrested him on the strength of a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Leo Jay Principe of the Isabela City Regional Trial Court Branch 1 in Basilan.
Daiyung is the subject of seven separate criminal charges for kidnapping and serious illegal detention in connection with his active participation in the 2001 kidnapping of 15 employees of Golden Harvest Plantation in Bgy. Tairan in Lantawan, Basilan. Hapilon, accused of masterminding those kidnappings-for-ransom cases in Basilan was killed by security forces during the 5-month old Marawi City siege in 2017.
Citing reports from the arresting officers, Eleazar said that the suspect turned out to be already working as a welder for a few months already before his arrest.
“We are not clear yet as to his purpose here,” the Metro Manila police chief said even as he added they have not received any credible report of any brewing terror plot in the metropolis as well as the presence of other cohorts of the suspect in the same area.
The kidnapping was headed by Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, who was killed while leading the Marawi siege.
The suspect was immediately taken to the NCRPO headquarters in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City shortly after his arrest for booking and documentation.
Gen. Albayalde said that the wanted terror suspect will be turned over to the Basilan court as soon as he undergoes a complete debriefing.
With Zaida Delos Reyes