Posted by: Mer Pints | June 20, 2008

Who is the real traitor?

After undergoing debriefing from the police in Zamboanga City, mayor Alvarez Isnaji and son Haider Isnaji  were charged of kidnapping Ces Drilon and company in Indanan Sulu. Professor Octavio Dinampo, who was also with the kidnapped group, objected it. Now he implicates Juamil Biyaw as the real traitor who betrayed Drilon  and her group including him. What will his testimony bring into the investigation of the kidnapping case? Will he exonerate the father and son Isnaji from their kidnapping charges? Or, will he name others too as co-conspirators of Mameng (Biyaw’s nickname)?

Dinampo: ‘Mameng’ was the traitor

Jaumail Biyaw, a former member of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), was the one who betrayed the ABS-CBN News team led by veteran television journalist Ces Drilon, said Mindanao peace advocate and kidnap victim Octavio Dinampo on Friday.

“Si Mameng (It was Mameng),” Dinampo told ABS-CBN’s morning show, “Umagang Kay Ganda,” when asked to reveal who was the traitor that Drilon referred to after their release Tuesday night. Mameng is Biyaw’s nickname.

Dinampo, a Mindanao State University professor, said right after Mameng left their group, he told Drilon, “I thought I could trust my life with that man, but now he betrayed us.”

Drilon told reporters at a press conference Wednesday that “betrayal” led to their abduction. She said Dinampo told her about the betrayal.

The professor said there were six of them on board a jeepney, including the driver and Drilon’s television crew, while on their way to meet Abu Sayyaf chieftain Radullan Sahiron.

Dinampo said they were welcomed and escorted by eight men during their trek to a mountainous area in Indanan town. The group left their driver with the jeepney.

“Along the way, after walking for more than one hour biglang umulan ng malakas tapos sumilong kami sa isang abandoned house (Along the way, after walking for more than one hour it suddently rained and we entered an abandoned house),” Dinampo said.

He said they split into two groups and five of their armed escorts talked with Mameng while three other escorts guarded him, Drilon and cameramen Jimmy Encarnacion and Angelo Valderama.

“I can’t hear what they talked about because it was raining hard. After some time, pumunta si Mameng sa akin… Sabi sa ‘kin ni Mameng, ‘Papaano ito?'” Dinampo said.

The professor recalled how Mameng said that Maas, one of the aliases of Sahiron, wanted him to go ahead to meet the bandit leader.

“I said: ‘Bakit ikaw lang, kailangan magsama tayo.’ Sabi niya ‘yun ang gusto [ni Maas] (I said: “Why only you, we should go together,’ and then he said that was what Maas wanted),” the professor added.

Dinampo said he told Drilon that they could have been betrayed right after Mameng left them at the abandoned house.

Dinampo and Mameng served as guides for Drilon’s team during their special assignment in Sulu.

Not feeling well

In his earlier statement after surrendering to the 3rd Marine Battalion based in Sulu, Mameng admitted that he escorted Drilon’s group and the professor in Barangay Adjid, Indanan town, where they were supposed to meet the bandit leader for an interview.

Mameng recounted that 10 gunmen, who are in their early 20s, met Drilon’s group in Barangay Adjid. He said the news team and the professor did not appear alarmed by the presence of the gunmen.

He also said Dinampo seemed to know the gunmen.

Mameng said they walked with the gunmen into a forested area. After stopping to eat, Mameng said he excused himself and asked the group if he could return to their vehicle because he was not feeling well.

Mameng said he returned to their parked vehicle at the base of the mountain. He said he and the driver waited in vain for the news team and later found out that they had been kidnapped.

There were reports that Mameng is a military informant. He, however, denied this but admitted that he has several friends in the military.

Mameng was placed under the custody of the police in Sulu for questioning on Thursday. The police said his statements will be compared to the debriefing statements of Drilon, her crew and the professor.

Mukhang marami pang lulutang dito na mga personalidad. Sabi nga ni Justice Secretary Gonzalez ay mag-ingat sa pagakusa kay mayor Isnaji na kasangkot sa pag-kidnap kay Ces Drilon at ang mga iba pang kasama nito. Dahil si mayor Alvarez Isnaji ay isa daw na kilalang tao sa ARMM. Pulitika nga ba ang dahilan sa pagsangkot kay mayor Isnaji at ang kanyang anak na si Haider. 

Hindi rin natitinag sa mga pahayag ni Gonzalez si DILG Secretary Ronaldo Puno. Sabi nito ay sanay na sila sa mga kumplikasyon na dulot ng pagkakasangkot ni mayor Isnaji sa pagdukot kina Drilon at ang kanyang mga kasamahan sa ABS CBN news team na nagpunta noon sa Sulu para kapanayamin ang isang lider na bandido.

Mukhang marami pang kaganapan na masusumpungan dito sa kaso ng pagdukot kay Ces Drilon sampu na ng kanyang mga kasamahan at si propesor Dinampo. Ang katanungan pa rin, kung hindi sangkot sina mayor Isnaji at ang kanyang anak na si Haider, sino-sino ang may pakana sa pagdukot kina Ces Drilon at ang kanyang mga kasama. At sino sa kanila ang nagsasabi ng totoo, si professor Dinampo o si Mameng Biyaw?




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