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Law enforcement has intensified actions against terrorists following the passing the of the Anti-Terrorism Law and its implementing rules and regulations (IRR), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin said on Tuesday (Oct. 20).

Lavin said this has already resulted in the arrest of two suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members who are wanted on charges in connection with the 2002 abduction of six Jehova’s Witness members in Patikul, Sulu.

“In light of the approval of the Anti-Terrorism Law and in light of the passing of the IRR, makikita nyo ang galaw din ng law enforcement,” he said.

Lavin identified the two wanted suspected ASG members as Jamar Ibi and Raden Jamil who were arrested on Oct. 12 and Oct. 19, respectively, in Pasay City by joint operatives of the NBI’s Counter-Terrorism Division (NBI-CTD) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“We are intensifying our drive to arrest these ASG members in Metro Manila to discourage those from the provinces to come in Manila and plot an attack or anything,” said NBI-CTD Officer-In-Charge Darcy Binaya.

Ibi and Jamil are among accused ASG members issued arrested warrants by the Pasig City regional trial court (RTC) where they are facing charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention with ransom.

The case is in connection with the Aug. 29, 2002 kidnapping of six Jehova’s Witnesses members in Patikul Sulu.

Two male kidnap victims got beheaded, while, four of the female victims got raped.

After months being held captive, the female victims managed to escape during military rescue operations after months in captivity.

“These two arrested subjects acted as perimeter guards during the duration of the kidnapping,” Binaya noted.

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