Abu extortion behind atttack on Isabela City power barge PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 March 2013 10:54

Extortion by the Abu Sayyaf was aparently the motive behind the attack on the Napocor power barge that caused slight damage and plunged the entire island of Basilan in darkness Monday night.

This after Napocor announced that its plant superintendent Robert  Dumasis had received a letter from Alharakatul Islamiya aka Abu Sayyaf on February 15, demanding some sort of a monthly tax amounting to P400,000 because Napocor is “earning  money in Muslim-ruled part of Mindanao..”

It was learned that Dumasis read the letter which was sent via LBC only on February 17. It was signed by Abu Sayyaf leaders Furuji Indama and Ust. Isnilun Hapilun.

Police are exerting efforts to locate Mr. Dujam Indam of Sta. Catalina, this city who was registered as the letter sender.Investigators have reviewed the CCTV footages of LBC office where the letter sender sent the extortion letter.

To recall, gunmen aboard two pumpboats sprayed the power barge with automatic gunfire and at least one grenade launch causing damage to the fuse.

As a precautionary measure, Napocor shut down the barge triggering total power failure in the whole of Basilan.

Napocor was able to resume power service the following day.