Misuari turns over Abu leader to Davao police

August 14, 2020
Anduljihad Susukan

MORO National Liberation Front founding chairman Nur Misuari on Thursday turned over to the Philippine National Police in Davao City a wanted high-ranking Abu Sayyaf leader facing at least 34 serious criminal charges in court, PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa announced yesterday.

The PNP chief said the wanted Abu Sayyaf leader he identified as Anduljihad "Edang" Susukan was handed to police authorities by Misuari right inside his residence at Yñigue Subdivision in  Maa, Davao City.

“We thank Chairman Nur Misuari for facilitating the negotiation between the PNP headed by PCol Kirby John Kraft, Davao City Director and Edang Susukan,” said Gen. Gamboa.

The Police Regional Office 11 headed by Brigadier Gen. Filmore B. Escobal and the Davao City police initiated the negotiation after discovering that Susukan was brought to Davao City to seek medical attention. 

“The PNP immediately advised (Davao City) Mayor Inday Sara Duterte who assured us of her full cooperation and assistance to ensure the peaceful handover and orderly transfer of custody to proper authorities,” Gen. Gamboa said.

Shortly after he was turned over to authorities, the local police served the warrants of arrest for 23 cases of murder, 5 cases for kidnapping and serious illegal detention and 6 cases for frustrated murder issued against Susukan by different Mindanao courts.

The PNP chief said Susukan was taken to the Camp Quintin Merecido Hospital for a routine medical check-up before being turned over to the Armed Forces of the Philippines General Headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo.

Susukan reportedly surrendered to Misuari in Jolo, Sulu last April and since then has been monitored to be freely moving in Davao City with some MNLF companions.

The suspect is wanted for his involvement in cross-border kidnappings in Sabah and Sulu since 2013 including the abduction of Chinese national Gao Huayun and Filipina Marcy Darawan in a resort in Semporna, Malaysia on April 2, 2014; the kidnapping of Chinese national Yang Zai Lin in a resort in Lahad Datu, Malaysia on May 6, 2014; the abduction of Malaysian national Chan Sai Chun on June 6, 2014 from his fish farm in Kampung Sapang, Malaysia; and the kidnapping  of Bernard Then and Thien Nyuk Fan from a seafood restaurant in Sandakan, Malaysia on May 14, 2015.

Police and military authorities said they have reliable information that the suspect directly participated in some of the actual kidnappings or acted as ‘negotiator’ of the Abu Sayyaf which demanded huge amount of ransom money for the release of their captives.

Bernard Then was believed to be beheaded by his Abu Sayyaf captors in Jolo on November 17, 2015.

Reports said Susukan lost his left arm after being shot by security forces during a gunbattle in Jolo early last year. Misuari, who is known to have convinced a number of most wanted Abu Sayyaf terrorists to surrender to the government, reportedly took him to Davao City to have him fitted with a prosthetic replacement for his left arm.

As an official of the MNLF peace coordinating committee formed by President Duterte, Misuari is one of the key Mindanao officials who have been helping the Commander-in-Chief in his effort to bring a lasting peace in Mindanao which has been troubled by decades-long separatist problem and the presence of lawless elements including the Abu Sayyaf and other ISIS-inspired armed groups.