Celso cites Zambo police for successful rescue operation PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 22 September 2012 13:40

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday commended police and military operatives for the successful operation against lawless elements in sitio Dulian, Calabasa that led to the safe rescue of a Chinese national kidnapped in Sibugay 2 months ago.

The operation also resulted in the killing of five suspected kidnappers believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf group and the capture of one of their companions. The government troopers conducted a broad daylight raid on the terror group’s newly established training camp.

“I thank all the elements of the PNP and the AFP involved in this very successful operations”, the mayor said in a press briefing at the Police Regional Command in R.T. Lim Boulevard where Yuan-Kai Lin, the rescued kidnap victim was presented.

Mayor Lobregat said the successful operation is proof that the authorities are not resting and are doing everything possible to curb lawlessness in the city and entire region. 

The chief executive, who heads the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) has been informed of the deveoperation but stressed that information were and will be revealed on a “need to know” basis. “And as the operation is going, we are being informed of the development”.

The operation was initiated by the anti-terrorism task force Sanglahi and was authorized by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr., who chairs the Anti-Terrorism Council. It was carried out by operatives from the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime (PCTC), 84th Special Action Company of the PNP Special Action Force, the anti-kidnapping Group, Police Regional Intelligence Unit-9, Zamboanga City Police Office, Naval Intelligence Security Group-Western Mindanao, 3rd Explosive and Ordnance Disposal Unit of the Philippine Army, and the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC).

Police Regional Office-9 Director PCSupt. Napoleon Estilles said freed hostage Lin, vice president for operations of mining firm Li-Lo Minerals Traders, was one of the two Chinese traders abducted by the group of Khair Mundos last month in Kabasalan, Sibugay. The other was Jian Luo was released recently.

The encounter between the government troops and the lawless group lasted for 20 minutes. Recovered from the scene were several high powered firearms, 14 bag packs owned by new Abu Sayyaf recruits, training manuals of the Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah, cellular phones and other personal belongings including hammock.

Gen. Estilles said the group leader, Mundos was shot and seriously wounded but escaped. He identified those killed as Termije Ajijul and his wife Sitti Raja Salvin, Abu Ulm, Arab-arab and Banah-banah—all belonging to Mundos’ group.

Mundos is a key  leder and financier of the Abu Sayyaf, a militant group that has links with international terror groups. The United States Department of Justice has set $500,000 for information leading to Mundos’ arrest.

The captured suspect—Sambri Aslon Kamlon alias Abu Ziad, was also presented to the media during the press briefing yesterday. He is now in the custody of PRO-9.

Undersecretary Felizardo Serapio Jr. of the Law Enforcement Security Integrated Office, who was authorized by Sec. Ochoa to supervise Sanglahi’s operations, said the raid against the terror group “exemplifies the government’s unwavering commitment to crush the Abu Sayyaf and put an end to their kidnapping and terror activities”.

For his part, Maj. Gen. Eugenio Clemen, Wesmincom Deputy Commander said the operation underscores the importance of interoperability of the AFP and the PNP.

As this developed, Mayor Lobregat instructed City Social Welfare and Development Officer Francisco Barredo to provide the necessary assistance to include food and counselling to members of the families who were affected by the broad daylight raid at the lawless group’s newly established training camp in Calabasa.

Reports show that a total of 57 families with 208 dependents were evacuated to safer grounds Thursday. — Sheila Covarrubias