Authorities arrested a suspect in a failed attempt to kill Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan two years ago, during an operation in Davao City early Saturday, military and police officials said.

Temogen “Cocoy” Tulawie was arrested around 1:15 a.m. at a house he was renting in Lot 17, Block 33, Elenita Heights Phase 2, Brgy. Catalunan Grande, Col. Leopoldo Galon, Armed Forces Eastern Mindanao Command spokesman, said.

After the arrest, members of the Military Intelligence Group 9 and PNP Special Action Force brought Tulawie to the Talomo Police Station for documentation, the Southern Philippines Medical Center for medical checks, and the regional police’s intelligence office in Camp Catitipan.

Tulawie was arrested on warrant for violating Presidential Decree 1866 or the law prohibiting illegal possession, manufacture, dealing in, acquisition or disposition of firearms, ammunition or explosives, Senior Insp. Gretchin Cinco, deputy spokesperson of the Southern Mindanao regional police, said.

Tulawie, said to be a leader of a non-government organization, was charged with attempted murder and frustrated murder in June 2009 for a bombing incident at the Sulu provincial capitol grounds in Patikul the previous month.

Seven others, including then Jolo 2nd District Rep. Munir Arbison, were also charged for the attack, which is said to be aimed at Governor Tan. (John Roson)

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