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Top policewoman nabbed for ties to Abu Sayyaf
By Manolo B. Jara April 25, 2017
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MANILA: A senior Philippine National Police (PNP) woman officer holding the rank of major was arrested for “sleeping with the enemy,” meaning she has for her alleged “lover” a member of the Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf terrorists.

Director General Ronald dela Rosa, the PNP chief, identified her as Superintendent Maria Cristina Nobleza, the deputy head of the agency’s regional crime labouratory based in Davao City in volatile Mindanao.

The arrest of Nobleza, Dela Rosa said, added another dramatic twist to the aborted attempt of an “elite” team of terrorists sent to the island province of Bohol in the Visayas, one of the country’s major tourist attractions, to pursue their kidnap-for-ransom activities.

Dela Rosa revealed that Nobleza, her driver and alleged lover Reenor Lou Dongon, and another woman were arrested on Saturday when the van they were riding refused to stop in a checkpoint set up by the police and the military along the national highway in the town of Clarin, Bohol on Saturday night.

“They fell in love with each other. She fell madly in love. She was sleeping with the enemy,” Dela Rosa told a press briefing, referring to Nobleza whom he ordered to be transferred to Metro Manila pending the filing of criminal and administrative charges against her.

He also revealed they received information that Nobleza had “romantic links” with Dongon, confirmed as an Abu Sayyaf member, explosives expert and wanted by the regional court where he was facing criminal charges for his alleged involvement in the bombing of a hotel in Cagayan de Oro City in Mindanao that killed two people.

Their arrest seemed to confirm the close relationship between Dongon and Nobleza who, however, denied the accusation, claiming she was in Bohol for a “vacation” without, however, explaining why she was in the company of Dongon.

Also arrested was a housewife, whom Dela Rosa did not identify, whose three daughters were married to terror leaders in the government’s most wanted persons list one of them was married to slain international terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan who carried a $10 million on his head offered by the US while another was married to the late Abu Sayyaf leader Khadaffy Janjalani, according to Dela Rosa.

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