A terrorist that was allegedly involved in the planning of Presidential sister Kris Aquino’s attempted abduction as well as the supposed launching of bomb attacks on Manila was arrested.
The suspect, Reynaldo Vasquez Ilao, resides in Block 5, Lot 42, Zenia Street, Elvinda Village in Barangay Nueva, San Pedro, Laguna. He was caught last April 26 in an operation conducted by the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, and the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
In addition to Ilao’s capture, a .45-caliber pistol and a grenade were discovered and confiscated.
The suspect’s cellphone was also confiscated. Authorities will search the phone for possible information.
Ilao is a member of the Rajah Sulayman Movement. Its leader, Mikhail Abrera, under the alias Abdul Asiz, was arrested earlier by the authorities in a Zamboanga City checkpoint last April 16.
These doubled efforts to track down and capture suspected terrorists within the country follow a series of increased terrorist activity in the Philippines – starting with the bomb attacks last December 2015, the kidnap of 10 Indonesian sailors, the kidnap of four foreigners – Canadian tourists John Ridsdel and Robert Hall, Norwegian resort manager Kjartan Sekkingstad, and Filipina Marites Flor, the subsequent beheading of one of the hostages (John Ridsdel), and the revelation of the attempted kidnappings of Kris Aquino, her children, and even Saranggani Representative and Filipino Boxing Icon Manny Pacquiao.
The kidnapping of hostages was facilitated to receive ransom money from either the Philippine or Canadian government. The remaining three hostages are reported to be alive, despite the expiration of their ransom date.
The attempted kidnapping of Kris Aquino and Manny Pacquiao was planned, so as to use them in bargaining for the release of their cohorts.
Just today, the Abu Sayyaf unexpectedly released the 10 Indonesian hostages after roughly a month in captivity. They are currently in the hands of the Sulu governor.