THREE suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members were arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation and Philippine National Police during separate operations in Metro Manila.
NBI Officer-In-Charge Eric B. Distor disclosed the suspects were allegedly involved in the abduction of six members of a Christian religious sect in Patikul, Sulu on August 20, 2002.
Distor added that the suspects were included in the Order of Arrest for six counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention with ransom pending before the Regional Trial Court Branch 271, Taguig City.
"The successful operations were based on the intelligence reports from the NBI-CTD (Counter Terrorism Division) in connection with sightings of alleged ASG members in Metro Manila, " Distor said in a statement.
Following the intelligence report, NBI-CTD, police, and military counterparts, operatives initiated the case build-up and conducted series of surveillance operations to identify the suspects, their residences, workplaces, and other relevant information.
On July 17, 2020, one of the suspects identified through his alias "ERIE" was arrested by the combined operatives at Sultan Kudarat Street, Maharlika, Taguig City. He was later on identified as Saudi Alusad y Sahibul.
Three days later, the arresting team arrested another suspect identified through his alias as "JABER" at Craig Street, Sampaloc, Manila. During interrogation, he gave his supposed legal name as Ajvier Kuhutan y Sabtula.
The third suspect identified only as "ABDURAYA" was also arrested on July 21, 2020. He was arrested while he was visiting his brother, suspect JABER, but was identified by a witness as one of the ASG members involved in the alleged kidnapping.
During investigation, "ABDURAYA" was identified as Adzmi Kuhutan y Sabtula.
Distor said the arrested ASG members who are now under the custody of the NBI are awaiting transfer to the Special Intensive Care Area (SICA), BJMP in Taguig City.