Police eye ASG behind power barge attack-A A +A
Saturday, March 9, 2013
THE police are eyeing the involvement of the Abu Sayyaf bandits and extortion as the motive in the recent attack on a power barge of the National Power Corporation (Napocor) in the island province of Basilan.
Engineer Robert Dumasis, the superintendent of Napocor’s Power Barge 119, revealed to the police that they received a letter from the Abu Sayyaf Group demanding them to pay P400,000 monthly.
The letter, which was signed by Abu Sayyaf leaders Furuji Indama and Isnilon Hapilon, was dated February 15 and was received by Dumasis two days later.
The letter was mailed from Zamboanga City through a courier company.
Superintendent Albert Larubis, Isabela City Police chief, said the letter sender was identified as Dujam Indam, a resident of Sta. Catalina village, Zamboanga City.
Efforts are being undertaken to arrest Indam, he said.
The attack on the power barge has plunged Basilan province in total darkness for several hours.
Security measures have been tightened to prevent a repetition of the same nature of the power facility. (Bong Garcia)