ZAMBOANGA City Police Office (ZCPO) operatives have arrested three alleged Abu Sayyaf bandits as security has been tightened to ensure the peaceful celebration of the 2016 Zamboanga Hermosa Festival.
Chief Inspector Edilberto Alvarez, ZCPO chief of intelligence, identified the suspects as Jabar Ignohassim, 24, Abdula Yusof, 26 and Asde Dela Cruz, 27 who are followers of Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Alhabsy Misaya.
Alvarez said the suspects were arrested shortly before 3 p.m., Monday, near a pension house in the village of Canelar, Zamboanga City.
Alvarez said the suspects were arrested after they received reliable information about their presence at the pension house.
The arresting team seized one time fuse, two detonating cord, two blasting caps, three fragmentation grenades, a caliber .45 pistol with three magazines of ammunition, two motorcycles and cellular phone batteries from the suspects’ possessions.
The suspects have checked-in at the pension house around 6:45 a.m., Monday.
The authorities have tightened the security measures to ensure the peaceful celebration of the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival that started on Saturday, October 1.
The highlight of the festival is the feast day of Our Lady of the Pillar, the most revered saint of this city, on October 12.