2 IS­sup­port­ers ar­rested in Ca­gayan

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TWO sus­pected sup­port­ers of the Is­lamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) were ar­rested in a raid con­ducted by joint el­e­ments of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) and Philip­pine Army in Bag­gao in Ca­gayan.

The Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group (CIDG) re­ported that broth­ers Greg and Al­tero Cariaga were ar­rested on March 28, Thurs­day, in their res­i­dence in Barangay

Dab­bac Grande for il­le­gal

pos­ses­sion of firearms.

Re­cov­ered from Greg’s house were one cal­iber .38 re­volver with six live am­mu­ni­tion, one 9mm pis­tol with seven pieces live am­mu­ni­tion, im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice, and an Isis flag.

Seized from Al­tero’s res­i­dence were one colt cal­iber .45 pis­tol with eight live am­mu­ni­tion, one cal­iber .38 re­volver loaded with four am­mu­ni­tion, one im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice, and an Isis flag.

PNP Chief Os­car Al­bay­alde said sev­eral sub­ver­sive doc­u­ments were also re­cov­ered by au­thor­i­ties.

He said the Cariaga broth­ers were mem­bers of Daesh-link group named Syu­ful Khi­lafa Fi Lu­zon or North­ern Ji­hadist Group, a ter­ror­ist and rad­i­cal Is­lamic prop­a­ga­tion group es­tab­lished in Bag­gao, Ca­gayan in 2016.

He said Al­tero was among the lead­ers of the group, while Greg is a mem­ber.

Al­bay­alde said it was the first time for po­lice and mil­i­tary to ar­rest a sus­pected Isis sup­porter in Lu­zon, but he as­sured that there is noth­ing to worry about.

“Well, hindi na­man (sila ex­pand­ing in Lu­zon). Prob­a­bly ito gusto lang mag­pak­i­lala ni­tong grupo na ito, baka wala silang ma­g­awa gusto nila mag­pak­i­lala, gusto nila makakuha ng tamang su­porta prob­a­bly by pledg­ing sup­port to the Isis,” he said.

(The group is not ex­pand­ing in Lu­zon. Prob­a­bly, they just want to be known and get sup­port by pledg­ing al­le­giance to the Isis.) (Third Anne Per­al­taMalonzo/ SunS­tar Philip­pines)

The Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice presents to me­dia dur­ing a press con­fer­ence Mon­day, April 1, 2019, the items seized from the Cariaga broth­ers in Bag­gao, Ca­gayan. (Third Anne Per­al­taMalonzo)

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