By Martin Sadongdong
A suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) held responsible for a bomb attack in Kidapawan City in 2012 that left seven people dead was arrested by joint police and military forces in Ermita, Manila, the Philippine National Police said Tuesday.
BOMBING SUSPECT –Abdurahman Dalyung is about to be presented to the media by Metro Manila Police chief Guillermo Eleazar during a briefing at Camp Crame Tuesday. (Alvin Kasiban)
PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde identified the suspect as Abdurahman Mataud Daiyung alias “Biznar Salabudin” and “Abu Talha,” an alleged ASG member under the command of slain leader Isnilon Hapilon.
Albayalde said Daiyung was apprehended inside his house at M. H Del Pilar Street corner Padre Faura, Ermita, Manila, last February 10.
Daiyung was linked to the infamous Kidapawan City bus terminal bombing on October 10, 2012, which left seven persons dead and two dozen others wounded.
Daiyung was also accused in seven separate criminal cases for kidnapping and serious illegal detention in connection with his alleged participation in the kidnapping of 15 employees of Golden Harvest Plantation in Barangay Tairan, Lantawan, Basilan, on June 11, 2001.
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Guillermo Eleazar said Daiyung was arrested when an arrested Abu Sayyaf suspect revealed his whereabouts.
Albayalde said a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Leo Jay Principe of the Isabela City Regional Trial Court Branch 1 was served against Daiyung by operatives of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), PNP-Intelligence Group (IG), and the Philippine Navy.
“This is an offshoot of the arrest of his cohort last December before the Traslacion. Remember that we had a joint operation with the PNP-Intelligence Group that led to the arrest of that suspect, who was also one of the respondents or wanted persons in the kidnapping incident in the Golden Harvest plantation,” Eleazar said.
Eleazar was referring to Sudais Asmad alias “Sen,” “Abu Nas,” “Suhud” and “Jul,” an alleged member of ASG under the command of Furuji Indama. He was arrested by joint police forces in Binondo, Manila on December 20, 2018.
Eleazar said Daiyung worked as a welder and has been in Manila just a “few” months ago. He further revealed that Daiyung often visited other Abu Sayyaf terrorists in various parts of Manila.
He said intelligence operatives have yet to confirm the number of Abu Sayyaf terrorists staying in Manila to lie-low.
“We don’t have the figures. Probably mayroong supporters at sympathizers (there are supporters and sympathizers),” the Metro Manila police chief said.
Eleazar assured that the streets of Metro Manila remain free from terrorist attacks as no credible information on security threats are monitored by the police.
“But we cannot discount the possibility that they are planning [an attack] that’s why our disruption activities are continuous. This is one disruption [effort] being done by the police in coordination with our AFP counterparts,” he added.
Eleazar also said there is no cause for public alarm despite the arrest of Abu Sayyaf terror suspects in Manila.