News Release

From the Presidential Spokesperson – On the apprehension of three suspected Abu Sayyaf Group members

We commend authorities for the apprehension of three suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), who planned to disrupt the recently-concluded 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits.

The arrest of Abu Bakar Jikiri, Alim Sabtalin, and Sadam Jhofar is a result of good intelligence fusion by our police and other security forces, who remain proactive in monitoring and dealing with lawless elements.

We therefore call on our men to continue their good job of enhancing our readiness and increasing our security posture against the threat of terrorism by remaining vigilant in our respective areas with the full cooperation of the public.