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Authorities arrested an alleged Abu Sayyaf leader in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat, on Tuesday, a few days after another member of the bandit group was prevented from carrying out what is believed to be a bomb plot in Zamboanga City, police said Wednesday.

Sali Basal Taib was arrested near the Brgy. Wal Primary School shortly before noon Tuesday by intelligence operatives, PNP chief Dir. Gen. Nicanor Bartolome said in a statement.

Taib was arrested by members of the Task Force Sanglahi on a warrant issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch in Isabela City, Basilan, for kidnapping for ransom and serious illegal detention, Bartolome said.

Taib, who uses the aliases Gonggong Sali and Abu Husni, is a “principal respondent” in the case, which stemmed from the abduction of 10 workers of the Golden Harvest Plantation in Lantawan, Basilan, in June 2001.

The Department of Interior and Local Government had offered P3.3 million for Taib’s capture, Bartolome said, adding that a confidential informant provided the information that led to the suspect’s arrest.

Zambo plot foiled

Taib’s capture came four days after authorities arrested Abu Sayyaf member Rakib Tanihol Jairi in Zone 4, Zamboanga City, on Oct. 12.

Jairi was arrested along with PO3 Asbi Sahibol, a policeman assigned at the Haji Mutamad Police Station in Basilan, while they were having breakfast at a coffee shop, Zamboanga City Police director Senior Supt. James Mejia said.

Jairi’s arrest was carried out by members of the 9th Regional Intelligence Division on a warrant issued by Isabela City RTC Branch 1 Judge Leo Jay Principe for kidnapping and serious illegal detention.

Jairi, who uses the alias Abu Sulaiman, was also involved in the abduction of the Golden Harvest Plantation workers, Mejia said.

Sahibol, meanwhile, was also arrested after operatives found “components” of an improvised explosive device (IED) inside his belt bag.

“They (Jairi and Sahibol) could be planning a bombing, marami kasing bomb threat noong panahong iyon,” Mejia said, adding that the arrest coincided with the city’s “Fiesta Pilar.”

Jairi has been turned over to the court in Basilan while Sahibol, who signed a 15-day waiver that avails him of preliminary investigation, remains detained at the Zamboanga City Police Office. (John Roson)

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The National Police is investigating National Capital Region Police chief Dir. Alan Purisima and Calabarzon regional police director Chief Supt. James Melad after they were accused of having links with “jueteng” syndicates.

National Police chief Dir. Gen. Nicanor Bartolome said the PNP Internal Affairs Service’s probe is ongoing even though Purisima and Melad have already denied the accusations.

“Ang DILG at Napolcom ay gumagawa rin po ng kanilang sariling imbestigasyon dito… lalo pa at matataas na opisyal nga itong sinasabi doon sa report,” Bartolome said in a radio interview.

Earlier, a certain “Molly Acuna” sent reporters a statement accusing Purisima and Melad of receiving money from jueteng syndicates.

Molly Acuna claimed to be a civilian asset of the PNP Intelligence Group but the head of that unit, Chief Supt. Charles Calima, denied having such an employee, Bartolome said. (John Roson)

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Members of the New People’s Army (NPA) freed on Tuesday the policeman they abducted during a raid at the police station in Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur, more than a month ago, a military spokesman said Wednesday.

Captain Albert Caber, spokesman of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, said members of the NPA Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee freed PO2 Faisal Majid Juhaili at the barangay hall of Brgy. Kanipaan, Bayog, around 5 p.m.

Before Juhaili was freed, the rebels, led by an alias Guzman and alias Luis, called on Brgy. Kanipaan chairman Rio Apao, local residents, and some mediamen to witness the release, Caber said.

The rebels also told the civilians not to leave the premises while Juhaili was not yet released, for security reasons, according to the regional military spokesman.

Following his release, Juhaili was met by his family was immediately brought to their residence in Zamboanga City on a chartered vehicle.

His captors, meanwhile, withdrew towards the hinterlands of Brgy. Dagum, Bayog.

On April 9, some 40 to 80 rebels stormed the Tigbao Police Station and quickly disarmed the lawmen on duty.

The raid resulted in the loss of seven M16 rifles, an M14 rifle, a caliber-.9mm pistol, and the abduction of Juhaili.

National Police chief Dir. Gen. Nicanor Bartolome relieved Senior Supt. Jose Bayani Gucela and Senior Insp. Heinz Legaspi as heads of the Zamboanga del Sur provincial police and Tigbao police for the raid, which came while the police was on “full alert” for the Holy Week. (John Roson)

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Police are considering politics as one of the possible motives for the killing of Mambusao Vice Mayor Abel Martinez in Capiz on Friday.

“Dahil vice mayor siya (Martinez), nandun ‘yung politics, last term na niya (Martinez) kasi as vice mayor, baka tatakbo siyang mayor,” Senior Supt. Domingo Cabillan, Capiz Provincial Police director, said in a phone interview.

Martinez, a member of President Benigno Aquino III’s Liberal Party, is on his third term as vice mayor and is reportedly being groomed to run for the mayoralty race next year. He previously served as a provincial board member of Capiz for nine years.

Cabillan, however, admitted that the political angle was not yet definite so investigators are also looking into other possible motives.

“Wala pa tayong specific angle na tinututukan dito… maari din ‘yung sa negosyo niya (Martinez), agawan sa lupa, or yung trabaho niya as a doctor,” he said.

“Mayroon tayong possible witnesses pero ayaw talagang mag-cooperate,” Cabillan said, adding that the assailant was “most probably a hired killer.”

Cabillan and other police officials of Western Visayas were in Iloilo City Saturday for a conference with PNP chief Dir. Gen. Nicanor Bartolome, who was on a visit to the regional police headquarters. (John Roson)

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At least 49 policemen are facing possible dismissal from the service over charges of extortion, PNP chief Dir. Gen. Nicanor Bartolome said Sunday.

In the first quarter of the year, the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management has already handled 96 cases of extortion involving policemen, Bartolome said in a statement.

Of the number, 41 cases have been “resolved” while 49 others are undergoing “summary dismissal proceedings,” he said.

Bartolome gave the remark as he reminded the 185 new graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) to obey President Benigno Aquino III’s order to fight corruption.

Aquino gave the order after leading the PNPA graduation rites in Laguna on Saturday.

The graduates, who just earned the rank of inspectors, are now the youngest officers of the force mired with a number of extortion cases that affected public trust over the years.

“Corruption in the ranks had, in fact, once tainted the image of the national police to a certain extent that it deeply eroded public trust and esteem of the police institution,” Bartolome admitted.

“We acknowledge as well that the police service presents a wide variety of opportunities for graft and corruption to take place, and that much needs to be done to sustain our objective to block all opportunities for graft and diminish police tolerance to corruption,” he said.

“Speedy investigation is underway against a handful of deviants in the service who failed to toe the line,” Bartolome vowed. (John Roson)

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