Man killed in shootout confirmed as Abu Sayyaf member

THE Davao City Police Office (DCPO) confirmed that the man killed in a shootout Thursday, May 4, is a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) identified only as alias Bin Laden.

“Confirmed siya na member ng ASG according to our intelligence,” Police Senior Inspector (PSI) Ma. Teresita Gaspan, DCPO spokesperson said Wednesday, May 3 during the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police press forum at The Royal Mandaya Hotel.

The dead man resembles one of those in their terrorist gallery.

However, the authorities could not yet determine the true identity of the terrorist since nobody claimed his body yet at the Angel Funeral Homes.

“Ang alam lang ng intelligence community natin (What our intelligence community knows is that), he is known as Bin Laden based on the documents na na-gather ng intelligence operatives natin (that our intelligence operatives gathered),” she said.

Based on the intelligence information, alias Bin Laden was with Saqdat and Omar.

They are also investigating whether the ASG members has a connection on the arrest of the high-ranking official Maria Cristina Nobleza, who has linked to ASG.

On Tuesday, May 2, the policemen engaged in a chase with Toyota Hilux van and a red motorcycle at Purok 1-B, Lower Dampa, in Barangay Magtuod, Ma-a area after they received a report of suspicious personalities.

She said the two other allegedly ASG members are still at large and the authorities are conducting intelligence monitoring and have stepped up security efforts to apprehend those who escaped.

Authorities found in the cadaver's possession a .38 revolver with five live ammunition, a 60 mm mortar, one blasting cap, a detonating chord, M26 Fragmentation Hand Grenade, and three pieces of electronic chips.

Meanwhile, Public Safety and Security Command Center head Benito De Leon said that authorities are prepared to apprehend and thwart any terrorist acts and assured the public that they will protect them from any threats posed by the lawless armed groups.

“The threats are there. Lahat naman ito ay pinaghahandaan ng ating mga kapulisan at kasundalohan (Our police and soldiers are preparing for this). So the intelligence community is also continuously monitoring so we don’t know if they are here or not. But we are prepared for them,” he said.
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