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Balik Islam” converts surrender after killing of ISIS bombmaker

By Dailyn Cabarse, Marie Tonette Grace Marticio & Lalaine Marcos

ORMOC CITY – Three resi-dents of Brgy. Cabingtan here, the vegetable basket of the city, claiming to be members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) have ‘surrendered’ to the police on Friday, November 23, after an ISIS member was killed by au-thorities the day before.

They are Artemio Genido a.k.a Abdul Qahar, 63, Jonnifer Tano a.k.a Rajah Ahmad Talhu Ansar, 18, and Rommel Compues-to a.k.a Abdul Ghafoor, 17. They are converts into the Islam faith that was brought into their com-munity by the QM Builders, Inc. which has since taken residence in the area after Yolanda.

Police deputy city director Sr. Supt. Carlito Gallardo, however, clarified that the three did not sur-render but was voluntarily report-ing to their office about how they were recruited into the MNLF. The three has also disavowed any ties with the killed ISIS member, one Joseph “Dawud” Anulga Jr, who was reportedly active in recruiting for the “Balik Islam” movement.

The three men, accompanied by their kagawad-in-charge for peace and order Ruben Parco, are reporting to the police to clear themselves of any involvement with the ISIS.

Artemio Genido said they just became MNLF members because the group who recruited them said that they are legally connected with the government. They were further told that the group is basically a barangay “task force” that would lend help to the community in times of disaster, may it be natural or man-made disaster. However, they said that there was no official orientation, meetings, nor any other activities conducted after the said “recruitment”.

Kagawad Ruben Parco, on the other hand, said “Wala gyuy angayng kahadlokan ang mga tawo sa pag-adto sa among barangay. Safe ang barangay. Ang atong Peace and Order ngadto okay kaayo.”

“Kini silang tulo, nahulog ra pud gyud ni silang inosente sa pagpa-member anang grupoha kay wala man nah sila gani proper briefing kabahin anah. Wala silay seminar, wala sila giorient”, Parco added.

“Kami didto nagpuyo lang gyud as mag-uuma. Ni-anhi lang gyud mi sa kampo kay para ma-clear ang among mga pangalan ug para pud nga dili na mangahadlok ang mga tawo sa pagbisita sa among lugar kay wala gyud angay kahadlokan. Wala gyud mi na-involve gani ug mga kagubot. Amo na pud ni undangon ang among pagkamember aning MNLF karon nga nakahibawo mi nga dili gyud ni legal ug dili ni connected sa gobyerno”, said Mr. Genido when asked of a message to the Ormocanons.

The alleged ISIS member who was also into gunrunning killed by a joint team of the 802nd Brigade, military intelligence, and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) on Thursday morning in Brgy. Airport, this city, was identified as as Joseph “Dawud” Anulga, Jr., a member of Dawlah Islamiyah affiliated with ISIS.

The alleged ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) member, a former OFW, was killed in a buy-bust after he reportedly resisted arrest during a buy-bust operation. Recovered from his body were an IED (improvised explosive device) made from a 60mm mortar with a Samsung cellular phone as trigger, a single switch with 9-volts battery and battery snap, a silicon controlled rectifier and LED indicator, and a caliber 45 pistol with magazine.

BGen. Lope Dagoy of the 802nd Brigade said that the dead man was set to join comrades in Mindanao, wanting to become a martyr.

Meanwhile, two people were killed and another two hurt in a suspected bomb explosion in Brgy. Bobolosan, Laoang, Northern Samar, also on Thursday. Police clarified it has nothing to do with the ISIS. The victims are linked to dynamite fishing.

The incident transpired at around 3:00 P.M. inside the house of a certain Natalia Capas, which resulted to the instantaneous death of Ome Inocentes and Gaga Solana, both residents of San Antonio, Northern Samar.

Wounded were one Junjun Donato, 32, married, a driver and Nilo Cuanico, separated, farmer and a resident of Purok 9 Poblacion, Lope De Vega, Northern Samar.

Laoang PNP disclosed that said house was rented by one Dario Ayes, 55, a retired policeman and a resident of Poblacion 9, Lope De Vega, Northern Samar together with the said victims.

Also recovered from the area were one sack of detonating cords, undetermined number of improvised blasting caps, and undetermined number of time fuse.

The cause of explosion is yet to be determined by Northern Samar Explosive Ordnance Division.

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