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ASG leader’s relative, 3 others dead in clash

Four members of the Abu Sayyaf Group, including a relative of top leader Isnilon Hapilon, were killed in an encounter in Tapiantana Island in Basilan Wednesday.

A senior military officer, who was responsible for the neutralization of a Malaysian bomb expert in Basilan last year, was shot to death by two motorcycle-riding armed men while celebrating “Father’s Day” with his family in this city at about 9:35 p.m. Sunday.

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Under heavy security, President Aquino made a historic visit to Basilan to drum up support for the administration presidential tandem in the upcoming elections.

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