SECURITY forces on Thursday captured a suspected Abu Sayyaf bandit wanted for his alleged involvement in the kidnapping of 10 Indonesian nationals on March 26, 2016, Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group director, Major General Eliseo DC Cruz said on Sunday.
In a report to PNP Officer-in-Charge, Lieutenant General Vicente D. Danao Jr., the PNP-CIDG director identified the arrested suspect as Jamar Ismon Julaid alias ‘Jams,’ a suspectes member of the ‘Daulah Islamiyah Financial Conduit/Abu Sayyaf Kidnapping-for-Ransom Group.’
Maj. Gen. Cruz said members of the CIDG Sulu Field Unit, the Philippine Army and local police units tracked down the suspect in his hiding place in Barangay Seit Lake in Poblacion, Panamao, Sulu past 11 a.m. last Thursday following tips from informants.
The suspect was placed under arrest on the strength of a warrant for violation of Section 8 of Republic Act 10168 or the Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012 issued by Judge Shaidilyn Bangsaja of the Jolo, Sulu Regional Trial Court Branch 3.
According to the PNP-CIDG director, the suspect is wanted for his role in the kidnapping of 10 Indonesian nationals who were seized by the bandits as their tugboat was passing thru the seawaters of Malaysia on March 2016.
The hostages were taken to the bandits’ jungle hideout in Sulu where the kidnappers demanded ransom from their families in exchange for their safe liberty.
Maj. Gen. Cruz said that thru his Philippine National Bank account, the arrested suspect was found to have received USD21,992.40 or equivalent to P1,007,468.40 as partial payment to their P25 million ransom demand.
The suspect was taken to the Panamao Municipal Police Station for booking procedures prior to his presentation to court for issuance of an official jail commitment order.
“The CIDG through the continuous conduct of its anti-criminality campaigns will track and arrest offenders no matter how long it takes and wherever they may be,” said Maj. Gen. Cruz as he congratulated his men who were involved in the capture of the suspect.