Apparently [?] it was not until May 31, 2001, that the first distribution of a judicial/law-enforcement "Most Wanted Poster" of ASG leaders and members was undertaken, and it contained all of 23 identities (with a 24th picture sans name or alias), with 90% of the images appallingly substandard for the stated purpose. There is not a single mug shot or image taken from prior police custody. (A glaring defect quickly remedied on subsequent lists.)
But we only have to go over to Getty Images to find far superior editorial work from the year 2000, which was the time of a nearly uncontrolled media access to the hostages, with a circus of interviews and reports coming from the Abu Sayyaf's "secret lairs" in the dense jungle of Sulu, so frequent and repetitive that the hostages were forced to be rude and tell them to lay off.
The group of identities occupying the "top leadership" ranks were, for some reason, unafraid to flounce their faces and family relationships before the public. This speaks of a system of special protection for that class of miscreants. That the list was fleshed out with less than two dozen other working "members," with aliases like "Tiger Look" and "K. Alpha," is evidence of the barely contrived nature of what was being sold as a fearsome 1,000-man-plus band. The continuous well spring of Abu Sayyaf perpetrators and fall guys, in a flow which hasn't lessened still, over a decade later, wasn't apparent even a year into the major series of crimes and kidnappings which was the run-up to September 11th, 2001,
They were still having fun and hadn't toughened up yet, beyond their usual "live target" games with the AFP and U.S. "advisers."
Isn't this picture of journalists posing with murderous Abu Sayyaf leaders rather chummy? And startling? That's a big old Abu queen front and center, breaking at the hip in an Audrey Hepburn pose, and they can be especially evil and cunning---so beware.
Caption: JOLO, PHILIPPINES - MAY 15: Abu Sayyaf fighters, including Commander Global (in red, 2nd from left, background) and Dr Abu (right, background) pose with journalists Cyril Payen (L), Philippe Abdelkafi (2nd from left, sitting) and Frederick Alvarez (3rd from left, standing) pose in their camp 15 May 2000. Abu Sayyaf abducted 21 hostages from the Malaysian resort island of Sipadan 23 April. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
As the following caption indicates, the following image was taken at the Abu Sayyaf's "camp" in the Jolo hinterlands. If I'm not mistaken, the balusters in the porch railing are carved in some sort of martial motif, like a Roman fasces.
ZAM08 - 20000820 - BANDANG, PHILIPPINES: Abu Sayyaf rebels pose for a group picture at their camp 19 August 2000 prior to release Malaysian hostages Ken Yin Fong, Jim Basilius and Loong Kua Yu. The last Malaysian hostages were freed as talks to secure the release of the 13 remaining hostages, including French, South African, Filipino, Lebanese, Finish and German nationals, stayed at a stand still after a refusal on Saturday 19 August 2000 from the rebels to free them all because of security co
Abu Sayyaf Moslem leaders Galib Andang (4L) and Mujib Susukan (3rd-L) pose for a picture with their men at their mountain lair in the southern Philippines August 19, 2000. The guerrillas are still holding nine western hostages taken from the Malaysia's Sipadan diving resort in April including three French journalists taken last July while covering the hostage crisis. REUTERS/Str
Sometimes I think different people are occupying many of the same identities. My trick for recognizing Dr. Abu is he always looks like he'd be the bass player in a four-man rock band.
Caption: JOLO, PHILIPPINES: Unidentified Abu Sayyaf rebels show off their recently acquired M-60 machine gun and Patriot rifle with night vision scope in Talipao, Sulu, 05 August 2000. Abu Sayyaf leader Galib Andan, also known as Commander Robot, boasted in a taped message to reporters 06 August, that the Abu Sayyaf had raised enough cash and firearms to counter the military. Negotiations continue for the release of 17 hostages still being held by the Abu Sayyaf. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/Getty Images) Date created: 06 Aug 2000; Editorial image #: 51344215
May 31, 2001, ABS-CBN, 8:11 PM, Top ASG leaders,
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) distributed May 31, 2001 photographs of leaders of the dreaded Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).
The photo gallery (shown below) was posted in key areas in Basilan and Sulu, where hundreds of vigilantes and volunteers said they were willing and eager to track down the bandits and gain a share of the P100 million bounty.
Other prominent ASG members were also shown in the photo gallery.
Included in the gallery are ASG chief Khadaffy Janjalani, Aldem Tilao alias Abu Sabaya, Ghalib Andang alias Kumander Robot and Mujib Susukan.
Not only did they repeat three of the leaders again as Sulu-based, they left four spaces within the grid as empty black holes. Surely there were other Abu Sayyaf bad guys who needed exposure so that the media space should not be wasted
Now compare the Abu Sayyaf list with another one---of suspects in the murder of 57 journalists and the mostly female family members of a political candidate who had the audacity to oppose the political stranglehold of the Ampatuan clan on Mindanao, those Muslim favorites of a very short Philippine President Arroyo.
Philippines Massacre Pictures & Photos
A police man puts up mug shots of suspected members of the government armed militia who allegedly participated in the massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao province during a press conference at Camp Crame, police headquarters in suburban Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday Dec. 9, 2009. Philippine police identified 161 suspects in the massacre of 57 people last month, including government militiamen led by members of a powerful clan facing murder and rebellion charges. (AP Photo)
Here's a list of police officials---some quite high ranking---wanted for murder in the Maguindanao massacre. As you can see from their photographs, they appear quite normal and well-adjusted, since the actions they took were under the political franchise of a dictating war lord, and were likely deemed rational within the every-day system of power they operated in.
Rex Ariel Diongon and
Michael Joy Macaraeg;
Senior Police Officers 2
Oscar Donato, and
Senior Police Officers 1
Samad Usman Maguindara,
Ali Mluk Solano, and
Police Officers 3
Felix Ababao Daquilos,
Rasid Anton, and
Felix Enate Jr.;
Police Officers 2
Hernanie Decipulo Jr.,
Saudi Pasutan, and
Police Officers 1
Esmael Manuel Guialal,
Michael Macarongon, and
Esmael Kanapia, and
July 6, 2011, Philippines News Agency, Andal Ampatuan Jr. asks SC: Stop testimony of Ampatuans' henchman, 617 words
MANILA, July 6 (PNA) -- Former Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. of Datu Unsay, Maguindanao, through his legal counsel, has filed a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to stop an alleged henchman of the Ampatuans from testifying against them in connection with the Maguindanao massacre case. The…
MANILA, July 6 (PNA) -- Former Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. of Datu Unsay, Maguindanao, through his legal counsel, has filed a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to stop an alleged henchman of the Ampatuans from testifying against them in connection with the Maguindanao massacre case. The massacre claimed the lives of 57 people, including 15 women and 30 media practitioners in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao on November 23, 2009. The petition for certiorari with an application for the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) filed by Ampatuan sought the reversal of the July 1, 2011 order of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 221 that allows Kenny Dalandag, the alleged henchman of the Ampatuans, and 33 other co-accused to turn state witness. The defense appealed before the SC after RTC Branch 221 Presiding Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes denied their motion for being "bereft of merit."
Andal Jr., the principal accused, argued that Dalandag should be included in the charge sheet as he has claimed to have participated in the massacre of the 57 civilians in Maguindanao. When he first testified, Dalandag said that he was present when the Ampatuan clan hatched the massacre plan in their mansion in Shariff Aguak town. Dalandag, a member of the Ampatuans' private armed group, said that it was Andal Ampatuan Jr. who shot Jimmy Cabillo, a reporter of the Midland Review who was among the journalists killed in the incident. Dalandag also said that it was Andal Ampatuan Sr. who directly ordered his son to carry out the massacre in a meeting on November 22, 2009. He also identified other members of the clan who were allegedly present during the meeting.
In the same order, the QC RTC also ruled in favor of the prosecution's move listing the 33 other co-accused as state witnesses. The 33 co-accused are
In his affidavit, Dalandag also identified former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Zaldy Ampatuan, former Maguindanao acting Governor Sajid Ampatuan, Shariff Aguak Mayor Anwar Ampatuan, and other relatives, including Saudi Ampatuan Jr., Ban Ampatuan, and Ulo Ampatuan.
They're trying to pass off the old guy with the headband in the center of the following image as Raddulan [or any possible combination of d's and l's] Sahiron but what about this old Sulu-based guy--Ismin Sabiro?
Title: Abu Sabaya, (standing at left) one of the leader o...
Caption: JOLO ISLAND, PHILIPPINES - AUGUST 24: Abu Sabaya, (standing at left) one of the leader of the Abu Sayyaf Muslim extremist guerrillas is seen with rebels displaying heavy weaponry while in Jolo island 17 July 2000 during the Sipadan hostage crisis. Sabaya and his followers who were holding hostage a group of Americans and Filipinos escaped from a military cordon after the rebels took over a hospital and nearby Roman Catholic church 02 June 2001 in Lamitan town in the nearby island of Basilan. A Roman Catholic priest charged before a congressional inquiry 24 August 2001 that key military officers saved the gunmen from certain annihilation. (Photo credit should read RAFFY TIMA/AFP/Getty Images)
Date created: 24 Aug 2001
November 14, 2012, Reuters / Photo Handout, Raddulan Sahiron, a native of the Philippines, is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters November 14, 2012. Sahiron has been added to the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list.