Government security forces nabbed a spotter of the Abu Sayyaf Group in a combined operation launched in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay at the wee hours of March 4, 2019.
Government troops arrested Abu Sayyaf member Maldimar Mahmor by a search warrant for violations of Republic Act No. 10591 (Illegal possession of firearms and ammunition) in Barangay Madaup at 1am yesterday.
Operating troops of the 44th Infantry Battalion and the Philippine National Police recovered from Mahmor’s possession a Caliber .38 revolver, a hand grenade, an M-16 magazine with ammunition, and a rocket-propelled grenade ammunition.
Mahmor is a follower of Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Idang Susukan and previously of Galib Andang, alias Commander Robot.
“Mahmor currently serves as the Abu Sayyaf’s liaison and facilitator in its kidnapping activities in the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur,” said Lieutenant Colonel Don Templonuevo, the 44th Infantry Battalion Commander.
He is tagged in the kidnapping of the Duterte couple in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte and former Mayor Gemma Adana of Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay.
He also took part in the Sipadan kidnapping in 2000, where Abu Sayyaf militants kidnapped 21 European and Malaysian tourists and Filipino resort workers.
Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, the commander of the Western Mindanao Command, said, “Combat troops sustain their offensives on the ground and support police operations to hunt down and neutralize Abu Sayyaf militants in ZamBaSulTa area.”
“With the pressure employed by operating troops, terrorists are now on the run, debilitated by the massive casualties they incurred from the successive, armed engagements with our troops in Sulu and Basilan,” he added.
“Notwithstanding this feat, we will be firm in our efforts to defeat terrorists that wreak havoc in this part of the country,” added Lieutenant General Dela Vega. Western Mindanao Command