Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Director, Police Chief Superintendent Guillermo Lorenzo T Eleazar reported to National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief, PDirOscar D Albayalde, the arrest of a suspected Maute terrorist group member by joint operatives of the District Special Operations Unit (DSOU) under PSupt Rogarth B Campo,District Intelligence Division (DID), Talipapa Police Station led by Psupt Danilo Mendoza and AFP counterparts on March 20, 2017 at the Salam Compound, Brgy. Culiat, Quezon City.
PCSupt Eleazar identified the suspected Maute terrorist as Nasip Ibrahim y Sarip, 35 years old, native of Marawi City, residing at No. 31 A Libyan Street, Salaam Compound,Brgy. Culiat, Quezon City, who was arrested for violation of PD 1866 as amended by RA 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act), RA 9516 (Unlawful Possession of Explosives), Violation of RA 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) and Obstruction of Justice.
At about 9:15 pm of March 20, 2017, joint personnel of DSOU, DID, PS-3 and AFP counterpart served a warrant of arrest for Jamil Baja Tawil a suspected ally of the Maute Terrorist Group wanted for Illegal possession of firearms, believed to be coddled by Nasip Sarip alias Nasip Ibrahim and sheltered in his residence.
The wanted Tawil could not be found, so the raiders interviewed Nasip, the suspected coddler in his sari-sari store, for Nasip to divulge the location of Tawil, which Nasip would not, and who kept evading the point. In the course of this interview, a caliber .45 pistol was seen in plain view atop a computer printer under a table. He was immediately arrested after he failed to present pertinent documents.
Brgy. officials and Maranao tribal leaders were then summoned and requested to witness the seizure of the pistol and a further search of the store. A KG 9mm machine pistol was discovered under a pillow on the sofa; and an IED was in a black sling bag with a detonation system. The bomb was rendered safe and seized by EOD. A search of Nasip’s bedroom upstairs turned up another caliber.45 pistol and seven heat-sealed plastic sachets of shabu.
Evidence seized were one Colt caliber .45 pistol with serial number 121619 loaded with four live ammunition, one KG 9MM machine pistol with two magazines loaded with 34 live ammunition, one 60mm mortar shell with detonating device, another caliber .45 pistol with serial number 756632 loaded with six live ammunition and seven heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of shabu.
Information revealed that Nasip was the driver of the vehicle (Navy Blue Toyota Revo with PN XKT 424) used during the attempted attack on the US embassy last November 28, 2016, when a street sweeper found an improvised explosive device (IED) that had failed to explode. They had driven the vehicle to Metro Manila all the way from Mindanao, and a few days before the attempt at the US embassy Nasip met with three Muslim plotters, Isnadie Ibrahim a.k.a Bro Akh a.k.a Inspire, Nasip’s uncle, also the sub-leader who planned the IED attack in Metro Manila, Najib and Rashid Kilala near SM Marilao.
Accordingly, Nasip was the one who facilitated the accommodation of the group, in the Park Villa along Quezon Avenue Quezon City, where they stayed for two nights.
After the failed US embassy attack,the AFP and the PNP authorities immediately conducted a joint intelligence build up and counter terrorism which resulted in the arrest of four suspects; Jiaher Guinar y Cali, Rayson Kilala y Sacdal alias Rashid Kilala, Mohammad Jumao-As y Gatchalian alias Modie and Elmer Romero alias Jamal.
A certain Yusof Macoto an Imam in Tejeros Mosque in Tanza, Cavite, is said to be the mastermind of the foiled bombing plot, and is believed to be facilitating Jihad teachings in the mosque. Macoto is still at large.
PCSupt Eleazar, said in such operations conducted by AFP and PNP units at the national level, the QCPD maintains constant coordination when suspects are identified to be in Quezon City, and immediately provides sufficient personnel to back up the national intel units for successful apprehension of suspects. “Once again, we at the QCPD would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the Brgy. Culiat officials led by Chairman Vic Bernardo, the residents and Muslim tribal leaders in Salaam Compound in Culiat for the continuous cooperation and support to the district’s anti-criminality and anti-terrorism program” he added.