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Police: Wanted MILF commanders may be disguised as women

Posted by Abi Kwok on September 15, 2008

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 14:21:00 09/15/2008

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) is eyeing the possibility commanders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) being pursued by government forces in Central Mindanao may disguise themselves as women to slip through security checkpoints and elude capture, an official said on Monday.

Deputy Director General Jesus Verzosa, in an interview, said reports reaching them indicate that Ameril Ombra Kato, Abdullah Macapaar alias Commander Bravo, and Aleem Sulayman Pangalian have been eluding the police and military by wearing the “abaya,” a traditional garb worn by Muslim women that covers the entire body except the eyes.

While Verzosa said the reports were a positive sign and “an indication that they (wanted MILF commanders) are in retreat,” he also stressed that security forces will not be allowed to frisk women wearing abayas.

But he said police will be tightening security.

Verzosa also said he was releasing the information about the allegedly disguised MILF commander to “encourage” the public “with the P25-million reward” into turning in the wanted rebels.

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