2 crime group members die in shootout, leader wounded

PT: 2 crime group members die in Zamboanga Sibugay shootout, leader wounded

TWO alleged members of a kidnap-for-ransom group (KFRG) were killed while their leader managed to escape, although wounded, following a shootout in a remote area in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, a police official said.

Senior Superintendent Romulo Cleve Taboso, Zamboanga Sibugay police director, said the shootout occurred around 3:45 p.m., Friday, November 25, at Purok 3 in the village of Batungan, Tungawan town.

Taboso said the shootout ensued as the KFRG members led by Roger Tiguan alias “Kalas” opened fire when they were flagged down at a checkpoint prompting the combined police and military personnel to return fire.

Taboso added Tiguan and six of his followers managed to flee to the forested area and abandoned their motorcycles.

He said two of Tiguan’s followers, who were seriously wounded, were found in the forest about an hour later in a hot pursuit operation.

The duo, whose identities were not yet available, were taken to the hospital but the attending physician declared them dead on arrival.

Recovered from their possession were a caliber .45 pistol and two grenades.

Taboso said Tiguan, who was also wounded, managed to escape together with his four followers.

Tiguan and his followers, Taboso said, has standing warrant of arrest for kidnapping with serious illegal detention for their involvement in the kidnapping of businesswoman Martina Yee in Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte.

Yee, was at her hardware, when she was kidnapped in September but the government troops rescued her few days later in the province of Sulu.

The group of Tiguan was also involved in extortion activities in the municipalities of Siocon, Siraway, Sibuco and Baligiuan known as the triple “SB” areas. (Sunnex)

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