A SUSPECTED member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and listed as number three in the drugs watchlist was killed while a policeman was wounded in a shootout in an east coast village of Zamboanga City.
Eight people, who were caught having pot session, were arrested.
Chief Inspector Elmer Solon, Police Station 4 chief, said the shootout occurred around 5 p.m. Monday, April 10, in Bilang-Bilang Island in the village of Mercedes, east of the city.
Solon identified the slain suspect as Matiling Addusi, who has a standing warrant of arrest for murder.
The police chief said that Addusi is a follower of Sulu-based Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Alhabsy Misaya and listed as the number three high value target drug personality in the city.
The wounded policeman was identified as Police Officer 3 Zaide Tutuan, who is assigned with the Police Station 4.
Solon said they were conducting security patrol along the shore of Bilang-Bilang Island when they chanced upon a group of people having a pot session in one of the houses.
He said the suspects scampered to different directions but eight of them were arrested.
Arrested were the following: Sabirula Basarahi, 40; Marham Bumpasan, 19; Mohammad Tating, 40; Adzron Madda, 37; Hamja Salim, 28; Wadud Madda, 17; Abubakar Halis, 31; and, Madi Asmarin, 20.
Solon said a shootout ensued when Addusi, who run towards one of the houses, shot Tutuan while in pursuit of the suspected Abu Sayyaf member.
He said Addusi was killed in the shootout.
He said they recovered inside the house where Addusi hid a magazine loaded with four live ammunitions of caliber .45 pistol; one empty shell of same caliber; two empty shells of caliber 5.56 rifle; one sling bag with seven heat-sealed plastic sachets of suspected shabu placed inside a pouch; and other prohibited drug paraphernalia.
The confiscated illegal drugs has an estimated street value of P80,000. (SunStar Philippines)