AN ALLEGED relative of an Abu Sayyaf member and his companion were arrested for illegal possession of firearms, ammunition, and explosive at Barangay E. Lopez, Silay City, Negros Occidental on May 15.
Senior Inspector Ramil Robles, deputy chief of Silay City Police Station, identified the suspects as Absner “Abu Rafi Ben” Kudarat, 29, and Saldy “Starring” Abebolah, 25, both natives of Isabela, Basilan and presently residing at Hacienda San Diego, Barangay E. Lopez.
Personnel of Police Provincial Maneuver Company headed by Superintendent Frederick Mead arrested both suspects after they received reports that Kudarat was threatening neighbors when he is drunk.
During the apprehension, police seized from Kudarat a .45 caliber, a magazine with six live ammunition and a hand grenade while Abebolah yielded a homemade .357 caliber revolver and 12 live ammunition and fired cartridge.
Both were charged for violation of Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Law while Kudarat was charged separately for illegal possession of explosive.
Robles said Kudarat revealed during the interrogation Tuesday, May 16, that he is a relative of a member of the Abu Sayyaf, but his statement is still subject for confirmation. “We are validating the information since he is not from here,” the police deputy said.
Robles said Kudarat has been staying in the province for some time now since his partner lives in Silay City. However, the police cannot yet confirm if both suspects are involved in crimes.