Tuesday, June 25, 2019

TESDA official nabbed in Basilan

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 25, 2019): TESDA official nabbed in Basilan

Muida Hataman, TESDA director for Basilan province, was arrested for possession of bomb-making materials on Tuesday in Isabela City, Basilan. (Mugshot photo release by CIDG-Manila)

Police arrested a government official and seized bomb-making materials in a law enforcement operation in Basilan province Tuesday.

Maj. Helen Galvez, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) information officer,
identified the arrested official as Muida Hataman, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) provincial director of Basilan.

Galvez said Hataman was arrested after a court-ordered search around 4:10 a.m. Tuesday in Barangay San Rafael, Isabela City, which resulted in the confiscation of an electric blasting cap other bomb-making materials, a caliber 40-millimeter ammunition; wire, a millimeter mortar cartridge, and other pieces of evidence.

Galvez declined to comment on Hataman’s possible link with lawless elements in Basilan and elsewhere.

A radio report in Basilan province said the suspect is one of the wives of Radzmir Janatul, who is allegedly a sub-leader of Abu Sayyaf Group leader Furuji Indama.

Galvez said Hataman was placed under the custody of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.


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