MANILA – Units from the Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM) and its police counterparts have arrested the Abu Sayyaf Group’s “Kumander Red Eye” during law enforcement operations in Naga town, Zamboanga Sibugay Sunday early morning.
Major Filemon Tan, WESMINCOM spokesperson, said the arrest of Sehar Muloc, also known as Abner Muloc, took place 1:00 a.m. at Barangay Kaliantana, of the above-mentioned locality.
Arresting units are troops from Joint Task Force ZAMPELAN and its police counterparts.
Muloc has direct links to ASG sub-leader Idang Susukan and is allegedly being utilized by the Sulu-based Abu Sayyaf in many kidnapping operations in the Zamboanga Peninsula.
The subject was arrested by the military and police by virtue of a warrant of arrest for the kidnapping of former Italian priest, 57-year-old Rolando Del Torchio.
The latter was abducted by Muloc’s group at his Pizza Resto Bar last Oct. 7 in Dipolog, Zamboanga Del Norte and handed him over to Sulu-based ASG.
De Torchio was released last April 8 in Jolo, Sulu and was found aboard M/V Beatrice.
“The Armed Forces of the Philippines continues to support the PNP in the intensified conduct of law enforcement operations to expedite the arrest of lawless elements in the province,” Tan said. PNA/ northboundasia.com