Terrorist financial conduits arrested, PCG personnel under investigation – PNP chief

“Three persons, namely, Kadija SADJI, 31; Abdulman Sarapuddin TULA alias Mahn, 32; and Jailani Al-Rafee SAKANDAL, 31 were arrested for illegal possession of components for Improvised Explosive Device contained in a can of cookies; 9-volt batteries, electrical tools, assorted wires, resistors, metal clips and 500 grams of concrete nails,” Philippine National Police (PNP) Police General Camilo Pancratius Cascolan said during a press briefing today, October 12.

“Also confiscated from the trio were two handgrenades, a cal.45 pistol, several rounds of 5.56mm rifle ammunition, and a black ISIS flag,” the PNP chief said.

According to Police General Cascolan, Sakandal is an active member of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) with the rank of Apprentice Seaman. He added that Sakandal is undergoing further investigation to determine his role in the activities of the group.

Meanwhile, Police General Cascolan said “backgound investigation revealed that Sadji and Tula are both members of the Abu Sayyaf Group and ISIS Financial conduits of Dawlah Islmiya under Mundi Sawadjaan.”

“Tula is identified in police records as in-charge of procuring logistics and provisions for the groups of Sawadjaan and Radullan Sahiron in Sulu. Sadji is the wife of Al Asgar, son of the late Abu Sayyaf founder Abdurajak Janjalani. She belongs to the same financial conduit cell with Amaida Salvin who was arrested in Zamboanga City in April 16, 2019, and Merhama Abdul Sawari alias Meng who was among four Abu Sayyaf Group sleeper agents who died in a police operation in Parañaque City last June 26, 2020,” Cascolan added.

According to PCG, PCG Commandant Admiral George V. Ursabia Jr. exhorted that the PCG will fully cooperate with the ongoing investigation of the Armed Forces of the Philippinesand the PNP within the legal bounds of the law, as the service does not tolerate any personnel involved in any kind of illegal activity.

“Admiral Ursabia has tasked the Coast Guard Internal Affairs Unit to conduct parallel investigation to ensure that involved Coast Guard personnel, if found guilty of violating the law, will face the consequences of their actions,” PCG added.