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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Police Captures Abu Sayyaf In Burnham Couple, Sidapan Kidnappings

A scene from the movie "Captive" depicting the kidnapping of Gracia Burnham

Police operatives arrested Abu Sayyaf sub-commander Abdula Alad -- who was involved in the Dos Palmas-Burnham couple kidnapping 11 years ago -- in a daring raid in his safehouse in Malamawi Island off Isabela City.

Police said suspect Abdula Alad, using the aliases of Salip Abdulla Magdal, Anwar Muda, Salip Abdulla, and Abduwa Salip, was captured at around 10:30 a.m. on the strength of a warrant of arrest for his alleged participation in the kidnapping of 20 tourists.

Alad is a suspect in the kidnapping of US missionary couple Martin and Gracia Burnham and American businessman Guillermo Sobero, from the Dos Palmas resort in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

The bandits beheaded Sobero while Martin Burnham and Filipino nurse Ediborah Yap were killed in a rescue attempt by the military in Zamboanga del Norte.

Police said Alad operated under the command of slain Abu Sayyaf leader Nadzmi Saabtula alias Commander Global and killed leader Ghalib Andang alias Commander Robot.

The two bandit leaders were responsible in the high profile kidnapping of 21 tourists in Sipadan in 2000.

Meanwhile, the police on Tuesday also captured Abu Sayyaf member Sali Basal Taib in near Barangay Wal, Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat.

Taib, who has a P3.3-million bounty on his head, has alleged involvement in the abduction of 10 plantation workers of Golden Harvest in Barangay Tairan, Lantawan town, Basilan in 2001.

The Dos Palmas kidnappings was a hostage crisis in the Philippines that began with the seizing of twenty hostages -- including couple Martin and Gracia Burnham -- from an upscale island resort on Palawan by Abu Sayyaf members on May 27, 2001, and resulted in the deaths of at least 5 of the original hostages, including the two American citizens Guillermo Sobero and Martin Burnham.

At least 22 Filipino soldiers were killed in attempts to apprehend the captors and free the hostages in the 12 months following the initial hostage taking.

An unknown number of captors were killed by government forces.

In 2003, survivor Gracia Burnham released the book "In the Presence  of My Enemies ”, which details the 377-day ordeal that the Protestant missionary and her husband Martin suffered at the hands of the Abu Sayyaf.  

Just recently the Dos Palmas kidnapping incident was recreated in the movie "Captive" by Brillante Mendoza.


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