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Drug lords, Abu Sayyaf form unholy alliance?

Director General Ronald dela Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), is eyeing narco-terrorism as one of the possible angles behind the Davao City bombing over the weekend that left 14 people dead and 17 others injured.

Dela Rosa did not discount the possibility about the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and drug lords in the region forging an alliance noting the nature of the terror bandits’ activities

“If the Abu Sayyaf can kidnap people for money, they can also bomb people for money,” said dela Rosa. “The narco-terrorism angle is still there, we are not discounting that totally.”

Dela Rosa, however, could not say which drug lord or groups of drug lords could be responsible, although he said convicted drug personalities inside the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) could be involved.

“So if I were a rich drug lord, I could pay the Abu Sayyaf to conduct bombings. They don’t have to kidnap people, they have just have to bomb because after all, they are terrorists,” he added.

On Sunday, police said they have two women and at least one male person who are persons of interest based on the testimony of the witnesses.

“We have already found out the physical profile through artist sketch,” said dela Rosa, adding that one of the persons of interest he saw was a bearded man who was reportedly the one who left the bomb. (Aaron Recuenco)