So, it seems that the Abu Sayyaf plot to kidnap Kris Aquino or Manny Pacquiao was real.
An Abu Sayyaf member identified as Sakur Mustakin, 44 — with aliases “Junior Mustakim” and “Junior Asarani Sawadjaan” — was nabbed along Bayani Road in Taguig on May 10, though the Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) only made the announcement on Tue, May 24.
“The CIDG said that Mustakin, who has a PHP900,000 bounty on his head, and other Abu Sayyaf bandits, were supposedly deployed to Metro Manila early this year to sow terror and chaos during the election period by bombing malls.
“They were also alleged tasked to to kidnap Aquino and Pacquiao supposedly to raise funds for the terrorist group,” report Cecille Suerte Felipe and Non Alquitran in The Philippine Star.
Mustakin is said to have participated in the kidnappings on Sipadan Island in Sabah, Malaysia in 2000.
He was also tagged in the kidnapping of six members of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Patikul, Sulu in 2002. He is believed to be reporting directly to Abu Sayyaf leader Radulan Sahiron, alias Putol.
According to Senior Superintendent Ronald Lee, chief of the CIDG-National Capital Region, Mustakin was nabbed “by virtue of arrest warrants for kidnapping issued by the Taguig Regional Trial Court Branch 266 and Isabela, Basilan RTC Branch 1.”
The report noted: “Amid reports of the Abu Sayyaf presence in Metro Manila, the CIDG activated Operation Plan Black Guardian to conduct surveillance in Maharlika Village, Taguig.”