By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The Police Regional Office-18 (PRO-18) said the law enforcement official linked with the Abu Sayyaf terror group is an isolated case.
PRO-18 spokesperson, Police Senior Inspector Armilyn Vargas, explained Police Superintendent Maria Cristina Nobleza, who is allegedly married to an Abu Sayyaf member, may have shown “weakness” when she fell in love with the enemy.
Vargas added, based on records from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Nobleza met Renierlo Dongon when he was previously arrested for being a member of Abu Sayyaf, wherein Nobleza conducted the interrogation.
It was further noted, with no authorization to be in Bohol at the time of her capture, Nobleza was supposed to report to national headquarters in Camp Crame.
Both Nobleza and Dongon were arrested by police and army units after they allegedly tried to elude a checkpoint.
Following her arrest, Nobleza admitted they were carrying several bottles of drinks, food, clothes, and medical kits, which were to be dropped off at a designated point where fleeing Abu Sayyaf bandits could pick up the goods.
Nobleza denied allegations they were trying to transport the terrorists out of the province.
Both Nobleza and Dongon face charges for illegal possession of firearms, resistance and disobedience to agents of persons in authority, and harboring of a criminal, and have been transferred to the detention facility in Camp Crame on orders of PNP Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa./WDJ