AN alleged Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) sub-leader was arrested recently in Quezon City by joint police and military operatives over illegal possession of firearms and explosives.
The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) and Metro Manila police chief Guillermo Eleazar presented Ibrahim Lambog Mullo, 26, to the media on Friday, a week after he was arrested at Barangay Batasan Hills.
Col. Ronnie Montejo, QCPD director, said Mullo first identified himself as Agimar Abi Ahaja “to conceal his true identity.”
Following a tip from a civilian, combined police and military forces arrested Mullo on Ilang-ilang St. corner Commonwealth Avenue at Batasan Hills village, and authorities also seized from him an “unlicensed” caliber .45 pistol and a sling bag with a fragmentation grenade.
The units involved were the Quezon City Hall Police Community Precinct, District Mobile Force Battalion, District Special Operations Unit, Batasan Police Station and the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Intelligence Group.
Mullo reportedly arrived in Metro Manila sometime in January 2019, along with a certain Arnel Flores Cabintoy alias Musab and Feliciano Mañas Sulayao Jr. alias Abu Muslim.
Cabintoy and Sulayao were arrested last June over their inclusion on the arrest order issued by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in line with the implementation of martial law in Mindanao in 2017.
Montejo said Mullo had claimed he just moved to Quezon City since his wife recently gave birth and told authorities that he worked at a construction firm in San Miguel, Bulacan owned by his wife’s uncle.
Citing intelligence information, Montejo said Mullo was recruited to the ASG’s Ajang-Ajang group through social media by a certain ASG sub-leader Pading in 2017. He was a resident of Zamboanga City back then.
The Ajang-Ajang Group has been tagged for being behind the deadly twin explosions at a Catholic Cathedral in Jolo, Sulu in January, which resulted in more than 20 deaths and dozens injured. The military had said the terrorist sub-group is manned by ASG leader Hajan Sawadjaan.
Montejo added that Mullo was lured to join the ASG after receiving a promise he would receive P10,000 monthly. In his first month, he was able to receive his first monthly allowance and later on decided to formally join the terror group in Patikul, Sulu under Pading’s supervision.
Police said it had filed charges against Mullo before the Quezon City prosecutor’s office for violation of the Republic Act (RA) 10591 or the “Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition” and RA 9516 or the “Unlawful and Illegal Possession of Explosive.”
Montejo also clarified that there was “no direct evidence linking him to any terror activities in the city,” but investigation was also being pursued to identify others that may be aiding him. DEMPSEY REYES