THE female police officer romantically linked to an Abu Sayyaf terrorist had married him years ago, police officials said Wednesday.
Central Visayas Police Regional Office commander Chief Supt. Noli Talino said Supt. Maria Cristina Nobleza had converted to Islam years ago so she could marry Reener Lou Dongon.
In an interview, Dongon said he and Nobleza were married.
Nobleza had been married to Supt. Allan Nobleza, who at the time was an attaché to Pakistan. Their marriage was annulled in 2010.
Nobleza married Dongon sometime between then and 2013 and stayed in Bukidnon and other parts of Mindanao.
Nobleza was the deputy chief of the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory in the Davao region before her arrest in Bohol. She was arrested with a 60-year-old woman, the 13-year-old son of Raja Solaiman Movement founder Akmed Santos at a checkpoint in Clarin town Saturday evening after a gunfight in which four bandits were killed.
Among those killed were ASG sub-leader Askhali Misaya, alias Abu Rami, responsible in the beheading of two Canadian nationals—John Ridsdel and Robert Hall and German Jurgen Kantner.
Nobleza said they were in Inabanga to provide medicine to a wounded ASG bandit.
A raid on Nobleza’s house yielded firearms, ammunition and bomb components.
Reports said Dongon served as a leader of the Khilafa Islamiya and was arrested in Marawi City sometime in 2013. He had in his possession 29 blasting caps and other bomb components.
He was released, however, because the warrant of arrest was for his younger brother.
He was also among the group responsible for the bombing of Mazandria Hotel along JR-Borja Street in October 2012 that killed two people and wounded two police officers.
Dongon was also reportedly involved in the bombing of Kyla’s Bistro along Rosario Arcade, Limketkai, Cagayan de Oro City on July 26, 2013 that killed six persons and injured 48 others.