NCRPO seeks back­ground in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Tempo - - News - (Aaron Re­cuenco)

The Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion Po­lice Of­fice will seek as­sis­tance from the mil­i­tary to con­duct its own back­ground check and in­ves­ti­ga­tion on two sus­pected sym­pa­thiz­ers of a no­to­ri­ous ter­ror group who were col­lared days be­fore the Black Nazarene pro­ces­sion or “Trasla­cion” in Manila.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion dis­closed that there is no di­rect con­nec­tion be­tween the pres­ence of the two ar­rested sus­pects and the Trasla­cion and other re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties which was at­tended by more than two mil­lion devo­tees.

NCRPO chief Di­rec­tor Guillermo Eleazar said the mil­i­tary may have ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on alias “Abu Nas” and Jeran Aba, alias “Abu Si­nan.”

Abu Nas, who was ar­rested in Bi­nondo, Manila on Dec. 20, is a wanted Abu Sayyaf Group mem­ber who was ac­cused of kid­nap­ping 15 em­ploy­ees of Golden Har­vest Plan­ta­tion in 2011; while Aba, who was col­lared on Christ­mas Day in Quiapo, Manila, is a mem­ber of the Dawlah Is­lamiyah which is af­fil­i­ated with the Is­lamic State.

“We are seek­ing as­sis­tance from our coun­ter­parts in the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines to con­duct their own in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” said Eleazar.

He ex­plained that they could not just do away with the co­in­ci­dence in which their pres­ence was seen in Manila days be­fore the Black Nazarene pro­ces­sion.

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