National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested alleged three Abu Sayyaf members during the agency's operations in three different areas.
The arrested suspects were identified as Ibnus “Jade” Isa, Amerudin “Mudasier” Parasan, and Abdel Amin “Abu Black” Bandahala.
They all have an arrest warrant for kidnapping and serious illegal detention.
They were allegedly related to the kidnapping of a member of Jehovah's Witness in Patikul town, sulu, in 2002. They also have a connection to the Golden Harvest kidnapping case in 2001 in Basilan.
Since January, 18 members of the Abu Sayyaf have been arrested by the NBI.
Abu Sayyaf could be behind British man and Filipino wife kidnapping in Zamboanga
AFP-Western Mindanao Command (AFP-Westmincom) Chief Lt. Col. Cirilito sobejana said, was worried that the kidnap for ransom group (KFR), including Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) rebels, was behind the Zamboanga kidnapping.
Despite this, the victims' families have not received any ransom demand from the kidnappers until now.
AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Noel Clement assured that military troops are doing everything possible to recover the abducted Briton and his Filipina wife.
Zamboanga del Sur provincial government increased the reward money from P1M to P2-million for anyone who could give information on the kidnappers of British national and his Filipino wife.