PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Chief Guillermo Eleazar on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, said there is no security threat in Metro Manila despite the arrest of two suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Taguig City over the weekend.
Eleazar said investigators are still checking whether the two suspected bandits have cohorts in Metro Manila and whether they were planning terrorist attacks.
“Sa panig ng PNP, wala tayong nakikitang banta ng terorismo dito sa Metro Manila. Patuloy ang imbestigasyon sa pagkakaaresto sa dalawang miyembro umano ng Abu Sayyaf sa Taguig. Inaalam pa ng mga imbestigador kung bakit narito sa NCR ang mga suspek,” he said.
“Magkagayon man, nananatiling alerto ang ating kapulisan para masiguro ang kapayaan at kaayusan dito sa Kamaynilaan,” he added.
On Saturday, July 10, 2021, police arrested Taupik Galbun and Saik Galbun during the service of an arrest warrant.
Taupik was wanted for kidnapping and serious illegal detention with ransom.
He allegedly took part in the beheading of three persons and the abduction of three teachers in Zamboanga City.
Saik, on the other hand, was positively identified by one of the six members of religious group Jehovah’s Witnesses who were abducted by the ASG in Patikul, Sulu in August 2002. Two were beheaded. (SunStar Philippines)