January 17, 2020- Joint manhunt operation was conducted today at about 5:00 AM by SULU Police Provincial Office, Regional Intelligence Unit 9, PNP-IG, CIDG 9 and Zamboanga City Mobile Force Company at Zamboanga Port Authority Compound, Zamboanga City that resulted in the arrest of ASG member identified as Benhajar Salapuddin Alan of legal age and a resident of Sta. Barbara, Zamboanga City.
The arrest was made by virtue of Warrant of Arrest issued by Hon Judge Catherine C. Fabian, Presiding Judge, RTC Branch 16, 9th Judicial Region, Zamboanga City for the crime of MURDER qualified by Treachery as defined and penalized under article 248 of the revised penal code under Criminal Case No. 32357 with no Bail bond recommended.
Mr. Alan is allegedly member of Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu under the late ASG Senior leader Albader Parad. Allegedly, he was one of the negotiators of the ASG Kidnap for Ransom Group in the province of Sulu. Further, he is the primary suspect in the killing of one Joemer Hashim Jawadin on December 7, 2015 in Zamboanga City.
Likewise, Alan is also involved in Illegal Drug and Gun for Hire activities in Zamboanga City and Sulu province. He was recently involved in the killing of PLT SALI SALIM, Team Leader of Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit of SULU PPO during the Conduct of Anti-Drug Operation by PDEU Sulu Police Provincial Office last January 12, 2020 at Sitio Baunoh, Barangay Tagbak, Indanan, Sulu.
The successful arrest of ASG member Alan is the result of the intelligence-driven operation efforts made by Sulu Police Provincial Office in coordination with other PNP intelligence Units, AFP and the community. The arrested person is now in the custody of Zamboanga City Police Office.
Police Brigadier General Marni C Marcos Jr., Director of Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region lauded the Sulu Police Provincial Office, other government troops and operatives for this successful operation. Police Brig Gen Marcos reiterates his gratitude to the Tausug community who provided relevant information to the police regarding the presence of the Abu Sayyaf Group and other lawless groups to their community.
“The successful operations against Benhajar Salapuddin Alan who is allegedly a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group and involved in Illegal Drug trade and Gun for Hire Activities manifest that the PNP and AFP is relentless in its efforts to eliminate Abu Sayyaf Group and other lawless elements in the island provinces of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region." PBGen Marcos said.