Cop found to be a member of Abu Sayyaf Group

A Philippine National Police (PNP) member was allegedly found to be a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).

This Sunday, PNP Chief Gen Guillermo Eleazar presented Masckur Adoh Patarasa, who was arrested last Friday in a joint police operation.

Patarasa, also known as alias “Makong” or “Omair Sali Taib,” is facing a kidnapping case with serious illegal detention in a court in Isabela City, Basilan, according to Eleazar.

Patarasa is also said to be a finance and logistics liaison officer of Dawla Islamiya and Abu Sayyaf Group and a participant in Martial Law Arrest Order No. 1 during the Marawi siege in 2017.

The investigation revealed that Patarasa planned to send funds to Abu Sayyaf members who were fighting in Marawi.

Patarasa is also said to be the brother-in-law of Isnilon Hapilon, one of the leaders on the side of the in the Marawi siege.

In 2015, Patarasa, an active non-uniformed personnel at the Banguingui Municipal Police Station in Sulu, joined the PNP.

According to Eleazar, the screening of applicants entering the PNP will be tightened.

Cop found to be a member of Abu Sayyaf Group

“Kaya ayaw natin na makapasok sila sa palakasan or padrino system,” said Eleazar.