By FROILAN GALLARDO, Special Correspondent .
COMBINED police and Army mechanized troops arrested the wife of slain Malaysian bomb maker Zulkifli bin Hir or better known as Marwan in Lanao del Norte on Sunday morning.
Supt. Lemuel Gonda, Region PNP spokesperson, said the PNP and Army team also arrested a police officer and three others in separate raids in the towns of Tubod and Baroy, Lanao del Norte.
Gonda identified those arrested as Juromee Dongon alias “Tata or Saynab”, wife of the slain Malaysian bomb maker; SPO4 Andy Ata and his wife and Juromee’s sister, Lorillie Dongon Ata at Purok 5, Poblacion, in Tubod town.
He said also arrested in the neighboring town of Baroy was Romeo Dongon, father of Juromee and another sister, Norein Santos Y Dongon.
Gonda said they were arrested on the strength of an arrest and search warrant for illegal possession of firearms and explosives.
Detonating cord, a grenade and the service firearm of SPO4 Ata, a Glock 9mm pistol with three magazines were seized by the raiders.
Juromee was married to Southeast Asia’s most-wanted terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir also known as Marwan, who was killed in January 2015 in Mamasapano town in Maguindano, an infamous Philippine National Police operation that resulted in the death of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) men.
Before she was married to Marwan, Jurome, a “Balik Islam” (return to Islam) convert, was married to Abu Sayyaf leader Khadaffy Janjalani, who was also killed by government troops in 2006.
Senior Police Officer 2 Gerry Parami, duty officer at Tubod police station said Juromee have a small store selling dried fish and food stuff in Tubod.
Parami said they did not knew Juromee was a wanted person by the government for her past links with terrorists.