MANILA, Philippines – A member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was arrested by authorities on Tuesday during an operation in Basilan province, police said.

In a report released on Wednesday, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) identified the 31-year-old ASG member as Gerry Mapula Abing alias “Pegging” who was captured in Barangay Malo-ong San Jose, Lamitan .

Abing's apprehension resulted from a warrant for his arrest for violating Republic Act (RA) 10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Act, and RA 9519 (illegal possession of explosives) issued by Executive Judge Verna Kate Santos of the Regional Court of First Instance of the city of Isabela.

“The person in question is a member of the ASG under the command of Basilan base ASG senior leader Furuji Indama, who was included in an ASG wanted terrorist poster and allegedly participated in the Lunsmann kidnapping incident on July 12, 2011, in Zamboanga City, which the group Furuji Indama headed,” CIDG director Brig. General Romeo Caramat Jr.

The CIDG said they managed to confiscate a gun, a magazine, six live rounds of ammunition, a hand grenade and a sling from the suspect.

Abing is currently in the custody of the CIDG Basilan field police unit.


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