ZAMBOANGA, Philippines – An alleged member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was collared by authorities in downtown Zamboanga City Thursday afternoon.
Reports from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) identified the suspect as Alawie Pasihul alias “Ustadz Asman,” who has standing arrest warrants for kidnapping and serious illegal detention.
Pasihul was caught at the intersection of Zaragosa and Sevilla St. by operatives of the CIDG Anti-Kidnapping Group, Philippine Center for Transnational Crime, Philippine National Police-Special Action Force and Naval Intelligence.
Police said Pasihul was allegedly involved in the kidnapping of 51 teachers, students and a priest in Tumahubong, Sumisip, Basilan and the beheading of kidnap victim Guillermo Sobero in 2001.
He was also allegedly involved in the Cabatangan Siege in 2002 in Zamboanga City, being a former member of the Moro National Liberation Front (MILF).
The accused is said to be a follower of ASG founder Abdurajak Janjalani and presently involved in recruiting Muslim youth for membership with the ASG-Awliyah group based in Sulu province.
Among the items seized from his possession was an Moro National Liberation Front ID under the name of BGen. Habib Alawie Pasihul.
Pasihul is now detained at the CIDG-9.