SECURITY forces are looking for more wanted Abu Sayyaf bandits who have fled the heat of stepped-up government offensives against them in Sulu and Basilan and sought refuge in Metro Manila where they have managed to find jobs as security guards, vendors or construction workers, officials said yesterday.
Southern Police District director Brigadier General Eliseo DC Cruz said that the latest Abu Sayyaf bandit to be arrested in the metropolis is Aldemar Saiyari alias ‘Ali,’ a main suspect in the infamous Sipadan kidnappings in April 2000 who was found to be working as a security guard at Filinvest 3 Building in North Gate Cyberzone, Filinvest Corporate, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
In a report to National Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar, the SPD director said that members of the SPD District Intelligence Division, joined by operatives from the Philippine National Police Civil Security Group and Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies and the Joint Intelligence Task Group of the Joint Task Force-NCR arrested the fugitive from law for violation of the Omnibus Election Code last Wednesday evening.
Eleazar has asked the public specifically officials of Muslim neighborhood associations in Metro Manila to report the presence of suspicious-looking newcomers in their communities especially those who are carrying firearms and other deadly weapons amid the possibility they could be criminals or terrorists. He said that previously, they have foiled some terror plots in Metro Manila with the help of Muslim elderly who provided them information on lawless elements who have sought refuge in Muslim neighborhoods in Culiat, Tandang Sora in Quezon City; Quiapo in Manila and in places in Caloocan City.
“There will always be the strong possibility that wanted Abu Sayyaf terrorists and other lawless elements from the South may seek refuge in Metro Manila where they can always use different names and aliases and get fake identification papers in order for them to get jobs that will temporarily support them while planning their next move,” Eleazar said.