POLICE have arrested a suspected ransom courier of the Abu Sayyaf bandits in Zamboanga Sibugay, a top police official said Thursday.
Senior Superintendent Celso Bael, Zamboanga Sibugay police director, identified the arrested suspect as Edeliza Ulep, alias Gina Perez.
Ulep was arrested during a manhunt operation around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday at Purok 7, Villana Street, Trento, Agusan del Sur.
Bael said that Ulep has a standing warrant of arrest for the case of kidnap with ransom issued by a court in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.
Ulep was tagged as the ransom courier in the kidnapping of former Australian soldier Warren Rodwell, Bale said.
Rodwell was kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf bandits from his residence in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay on December 5, 2011 and was freed on March 23, 2013 in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur following payment of ransom.
Bael said Ulep was brought to Zamboanga Sibugay for her to stand trial in court.