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2 Abu Sayyaf men nabbed in Taguig



(Photo by Alfonso Padilla)

Two members of the Abu Sayyaf wanted for kidnapping charges were arrested in Taguig City, police reported Tuesday.

Arrested were Taupik Galbun alias “Pa Wahid” and his brother Saik Galbun alias “Pa Tanda,” according to a report from the National Capital Region Police Office.

Members of the NCRPO and Armed Forces’ Joint Task Force-NCR arrested the two around 10:50 p.m. Saturday, at a house in Phase 8, Sitio Imelda, Brgy. Upper Bicutan.

Operatives arrested the Taupik and Saik on a warrant for six counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention and another warrant bearing another case of kidnapping and serious illegal detention.

According to the NCRPO, Taupik is an Abu Sayyaf Group member under the late Basilan-based sub-commander Isnilon Hapilon and Bakal Hapilon.

His case stemmed from alleged involvement in the kidnapping of six members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses on August 20, 2002 in Patikul, Sulu, police said.

It can be recalled that during their captivity, two of those abducted were beheaded while the other four were rescued by the military after weeks of operations.

Taupik also allegedly served as a guard for the kidnap victims in Sulu and Basilan, was also reportedly involved in the beheading of Primitivo Falcansantos, Crisanto Suela, and American national Guillermo Sobero.

He was also tagged in the abduction of three teachers of the Landang Gua Elementary School in Sacol Island, Zamboanga City, on January 23, 2009.

Saik, on the other hand, was identified by a victim of the August 2002 kidnapping as among those who kidnapped her along with five other members of Jehovah’s Witnesses, police said.