Crackdown: 8 Suspected Abu Sayyaf ‘Sympathizers’ Under Questioning In Jolo
The joy over the release of Filipina Red Cross worker Mary Jean Lacaba has given way to the grim reality that her colleagues, Swiss national Andreas Notter and Italian Eugenio Vagni are still in captivity.
The two are threatened with beheading by Albader Parad, his deputy Abu Ali and their 50-plus Abu Sayyaf fighters.
This time the government says it will no longer blink as it did earlier in the week when it briefly relaxed the tight military-police containment perimeter around the towns of Parang and Indanan Sulu.
The military authorities have completed the security debriefing of Lacaba since her release last Thursday evening.
They are, of course, not revealing anything about details extracted from the Filipina engineer that could help map out rescue efforts if such need to be launched soon.
Sulu officials led by Governor Abdusakur Tan have not yet implemented a proposed 10 P.M. to 3 a.m. curfew as part of the province-wide state of emergency edict but “police checkpoints remain in place with authorities maintaining strategic choke points,” according to Jolo-based journalist Zeny Masong.
Police sources have also revealed to this writer that eight men, including three active duty Jolo policemen have been detained for questioning and are due to be flown to Zamvoanga City to undergo questioning as part of inquest proceedings.
Masong told this writer that “the suspected Abu Sayyaf sympathizers taken in for questioning by police criminal investigation agents included a relative of the wife of acting Indanan mayor Hussin Ajajan.” Ajajan took over from Mayor Alvarez Isnaji who is facing charges in connection with the abduction of journalist Ces Drilon in June last year.