A provincial director of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority is in hot water.
Muida Hataman, TESDA’s provincial director based in Basilan, was arrested by a joint operation by soldiers and police for illegal possession of explosives in Isabela City, Basilan.
According to Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Regional Field Unit 9 Chief PCol. Tom Tuzon, Hataman is believed to have links with the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group.
PNP spokesman Police Col. Bernard Banac said Hataman was arrested early morning on Tuesday (June 25) at Barangay San Rafael in Isabela City as a warrant for her arrest was being served.
Seized from the TESDA official were several materials in making explosives such as blasting cap, chemical ingredients, four cellular phones, and two laptop devices.
“Ang suspek ay kasalukuyang nasa kustodiya ng CIDG Region 9 at sumasailalim na po sa imbestigasyon at patuloy na inaalam ang possible pang kasamahan at iba pang gamit sa pampasabog na maaari pang nakatago sa ibang lugar,” Banac said.
(The suspect is currently under the custody of the CIDG Region 9 and is now being investigated. [Authorities] are looking into some of her possible cohorts and other explosive materials that are still being kept somewhere.)
Banac added that while the CIDG already had information that Hataman is connected to an ASG sub-unit, authorities are still verifying information regarding her true identity as the investigation goes on.
“Patuloy pang inaalam ng mga taga CIDG kung ano ang kanyang background, kung meron ba siyang kinalaman sa grupong ASG at (kung) mayroong kamag anak at bakit nasa possession niya ang mga naturang gamit pampasabog,” Banac said.
(CIDG personnel are still verifying her background—if she has links to the ASG, any relative and why she was in possession of bomb-making paraphernalia.)
Hataman is believed to be the wife of ASG subleader Radzmir Janatul.