A suspected member of terrorist group Dawlah Islamiya was arrested in Quezon City over the weekend, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Camilo Cascolan said Monday.
Cascolan identified the suspect as Kevin Madriñan, also known as “Ibrahim Abdullah Madriñan” and “Ibrahim Khalil Al-Garaba”.
Operatives of the PNP Intelligence Group and Quezon City Police District arrested Madriñan on the corner of Atherton and Burbank Streets in North Fairview at around 4:50 p.m. on Sept. 19.
Confiscated from Madrinan were cal. 45 pistol with a high-capacity magazine, a hand grenade and three pieces of PHP1,000 bills.
Background investigation showed that Madriñan is a Balik-Islam convert who is the contact person and liaison in Luzon of Dawlah Islamiya members from Maguindanao province whose leaders are Esmael Abdulmalik alias Abu Turaife and Salahuddin Hasan alias Abu Salman, and those from Sulu under Mundi Sawadjaan.
Madriñan is responsible for the recruitment of Balik-Islam converts and facilitated their travel to Mindanao for training and jihad exposure.
Cascolan said Madrinan claimed to be the Luzon liaison of Dawlah Islamiya after the arrest of Datu Omar Palte alias Allan Palty in Quezon City on Jan. 1.
Madriñan has links with Yusuf Macoto of Cavite and Muhammad Paras of Bulacan. He remained in Luzon when Macoto and Paras join Dawlah Islamiya forces in the Mawai siege in 2017.
Macoto and Paras died in the Marawi City battle.
Cascolan assured the public of police continued efforts against domestic threat groups.
The National Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center, he said, will convene on Sept. 23 to sign a joint directive that would set the guidelines in evaluating the effectiveness of internal security operations in support of the national thrust to end local communist armed conflict, and declaration of dismantled guerrilla fronts.
The meeting will be co-presided with Armed Forces of the Philippines chief-of-staff, Gen. Gilbert Gapay.
Expected to attend are Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana; Interior Secretary Eduardo Año; National Security Adviser, Secretary Hermogenes Esperon; and National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Director-General Alex Paul Monteagudo. (PNA)