By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Guillermo Eleazar placed concerned police offices and units on full alert following an operation against Abu Sayyaf Group members in Jolo, Sulu that led to a bloody encounter and neutralization of four of its members.
Among those killed were Mundi Sawadjaan’s brother, Al-Al Sawadjaan; ASG sub-leader Injam Yadah; an ASG member identified as Raup; and another unidentified ASG member.
“I am tasking the local police to go on full alert dahil ine-expect din po natin na posibleng gumanti ang mga natitirang miyembro lalo’t kapatid ni Mundi Sawadjaan ang isa sa mga napatay sa engkwentro,” PGen Eleazar said.
“Sinisiguro ko po sa publiko na hindi po namin hahayaang makapaghasik ng kaguluhan ang grupong ito,” added the PNP chief.
State security forces were about to serve a warrant of arrest against Yadah when the Abu Sayyaf terrorists fired at them, prompting the police and the military to retaliate.
Authorities said Yadah was involved in kidnapping incidents while Sawadjaan had knowledge of bomb-making. His brother, Mundi, was the alleged mastermind of the twin blasts in Jolo last year.
PGen Eleazar assured that the police and military will further intensify joint operations to capture Mundi and the remaining bandits.
“We are doubling our efforts to capture Mundi and his men. We will intensify our coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines as well as our intelligence-gathering efforts to combat this group and stop their attacks on innocent civilians,” said PGen Eleazar.
He also urged the public to remain vigilant and immediately report to authorities if they have information that can help locate the bandits. (AI/MTVN)