BASILAN – Philippine authorities are holding an Abu Sayyaf rebel who was captured in Basilan province in the Muslim autonomous region.
Police are interrogating Asing Arola - a follower of Abu Sayyaf chieftain Isnilon Hapilon - who is facing a string of criminal charges in the province. Arola was captured by soldiers and police commandos in Isabela City.
He was also accused of murdering a group of farmers in Lantawan town in 2000. Police said Arola – who has a P600,000 bounty for his capture - was tracked down by security forces after an informant passed off information about the rebel to the authorities.
Basilan is a known stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf, whose members have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. (Mindanao Examiner)