Sulu town councilor linked to Sipadan kidnapping nabbed PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2014 13:14

A municipal councilor of Sulu was arrested by policemen after he was linked to the Sipadan kidnapping in year  2000.

Arrested was Jamar Estrada Gonzales, a retired policeman with the rank of Police Inspector, a resident of Sta. Maria, this city and an incumbent councilor of Pandami municipality in Sulu.

Gonzales’ son told DZT that they were aboard a vessel bound for Sulu last Wednesday night when the policemen arrived and arrested his father.

Gonzales was taken to the city police office for investigation.

His relatives denied Gonzales took part in the Sipadan kidnapping. They questioned the legality of his arrest, saying it has no basis as the police did not present a warrant of arrest.

DZT tried to get a statement from the police but those handling the case were not immediately available.

Around 10:30 a.m. of the same day, government troops arrested Abu Darren in Baliwasan Seaside.

Darren was arrested on the strength of warrant for murder issued by the Regional Trial Court in Panabo, Davao City.

Police said that some members of the Abu Sayyaf Group are in the city on a mission to stage bomb attacks.

The 2000 Sipadan kidnapping was a hostage crisis in Sabah, Malaysia, and the southern Philippines that began with the seizing of 21 hostages from the dive resort island of Sipadan at approximately 6:15 p.m. on April 23, 2000 by six Abu Sayyaf guerrillas. Taken hostage were 10 tourists from Europe and the Middle East and 11 Malaysian resort workers, 19 non-Filipino nationals in total.

The hostages were taken to an Abu Sayyaf base in Jolo, Sulu.

During the hostage taking, Abu Sayyaf issued various demands for the release of several prisoners, including 1993 World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef, $2.4 million and a complete withdrawal of government troops from the area around Jolo where the hostages were being held.

The Philippine army launched a major offensive on September 16, 2000, rescuing all remaining hostages, except Filipino dive instructor Roland Ullah. Ullah was eventually freed in 2003. — Dan Toribio Jr. with data from Wikipedia