Two suspected members of the ISIS who allegedly plan to sow violence in the upcoming 30th SEA Games have been arrested by Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) operatives.
The police seized various weapons, bombs, and equipment from the suspects in separate raids in Quezon and Laguna provinces.
The suspected ISIS members were arrested three weeks before SEA Games would kick off in the country.
According to Calabarzon Police Director Brig Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., police arrested a suspected terrorist Saidie Saro, a businessman, in Matungo, Lanao del Sur, Friday afternoon. A black ISIS flag was confiscated from Saro during the raid in Tayabas City.
Saro was arrested following on a warrant of arrest issued by a court at his rented store in Tayabas City. Police confiscated a hand grenade, improvised explosive device (IED), pipe bombs and ammunition from Saro.
Despite this, Saro vehemently denied that he was a member of the international terrorist group ISIS.
According to the PNP’s Explosive Ordinance Division, it is possible to cause significant damage if the recovered pipe bomb, which is the cellphone detonator of the recovered IED, explodes.
There have been intelligence reports that Saro’s ISIS group plans to terrorize the upcoming SEA Games this November.
ISIS member arrested in Laguna
Meanwhile, at around 2:30 pm another suspected ISIS terrorist was arrested during a raid on the Corsini Compound, Brgy. Real, Calamba City.
According to Laguna Provincial Police Office Director P / Colonel Eleazar Matta, Bobby Sarip was captured carrying a black backpack, two MK2 fragmentation hand grenades, eight ammunition, a canister, and a black purse. Sarip was a suspected member of the Daulah Islamiyah Lanao / Maute group,
Police also recovered a black ISIS flag in the area. Such terror groups are sub-groups of ISIS in the Philippines.
Sarip was arrested on a warrant of arrest issued by Executive Judge Cynthia Marino-Ricabalance of the RTC in Sta Cruz, Laguna.
The two alleged terrorists are facing charges of violation of RA 9516 or the Illegal Possession of Explosive and RA 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Act).