AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Intelligence Group yesterday captured an Abu Sayyaf bandit who went into hiding in Cebu City after becoming wanted for a series of terror activities in Mindanao, PNP-IG director Brig. Gen. Edgar Monsalve said.
In a report to PNP chief General Archie Francisco Gamboa, the official identified the arrested suspect as Jimmy Igpit Marababol, an ASG member who was also known for his affiliation with the radical Daulah Islamiyah Terror Group that gained notoriety for its involvement in the infamous Marawi City siege in 2017.
According to Monsalve, a Regional Intelligence Unit 7-initiated operation on M. J. Cuenco Street in Bgy. Tinago, Cebu City resulted in the capture of Marababol, who was the subject of a warrant of arrest for kidnapping and serious illegal detention issued by Judge Anthony Isaw of the Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte Regional Trial Court.
The case stemmed from the kidnapping of Jelster “Jade” Quimbo, a son of Mayor Eddie Quimbo of Labason, Zamboanga del Norte on September 6, 2017.
The PNP-IG director said that his men were assisted by officers from the Military Intelligence Group 7, the RIU9 and the Police Regional Office 7 in arresting the suspect.
A record check showed that Marababol was a member of an Abu Sayyaf faction headed by Commander Ibno Acosta but eventually shifted his allegiance to the Daulah Islamiyah operating in Zamboanga Sibugay under the leadership of Ibrahim Sharipada alias “Inbo Kasir.”
Monsalve said that during the early part of 2018, Marababol went to Sulu province and was integrated into the Daulah Islamiyah sub-group headed by the late Jamilon Wahab alias “Black Moro,” who became one of his co-accused in the kidnap-for-ransom of the son of the Labason town mayor.
Following the death of Wahab in an encounter with security troops, Marababol fled to Sulu and sought refuge in Cebu island.