Intelligence-driven operation of Jolo, Sulu PNP/AFP was conducted through the implementation of Search Warrant No. 2021-07-3 duly issued by the Acting Presiding Judge of RTC 9th Judicial Region, Branch 3, that resulted in the seizure and confiscation of illegal items in the possession and control of DI/ASG Members identified as: 1. ELENA TASUM SAWADJAAN-ABUN @ILING, a.k.a ELENA J TASUM, 40 years old, daughter of DI/ASG Leader Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan and the widow of ASG Sub Leader Walid Abun. She is also believed to be one of the potential suicide bombers; and 2. FIRDAUZIA SAID a.k.a FIRDAUSIA SALVIN, believed to be one of the suicide bombers and the widow of ASG Sub leader Mannul Said.
They were arrested for the violation of R.A. 9516 "Illegal Possession of Explosives” to wit: a. IED components (to be itemized by EOD SAF and PECU Sulu) were in their possession. The arrested persons are members of Daulah Islamiyah DI/ASG who not only provides logistical needs of their members but some of them are believed to willingly commit suicide bombings to avenge the death of their loved ones.
The arrested DI/ASG Members have great participatory contributions in several bombing attacks in Sulu Province that killed and wounded government forces including civilians which created fear to the community. Recently, they were able to purchase some IED components and were monitored preparing IEDs intended for another ASG plan suicide bombing attacks.
The arrested ASG members and confiscated items were brought to Camp Kasim, Asturias, Jolo, Sulu for proper documentation and subsequent filing of criminal cases against them.
PBGEN Samuel P Rodriguez, RD, PRO BAR lauds the operating troops for this accomplishment. The arrest of the ASG members will surely cripple the ranks of Daulah Islamiya given their affiliations.
The Police Regional Office of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region will not slowdown in its campaign against terrorism. PRO BAR troops will remain valiant until every bit of this terrorist group will succumb to the government authorities.