2 kidnapping group members nabbed in Zamboanga Sibugay

COMBINED police and military operatives have arrested in a law enforcement operation two suspected members of a kidnap-for-ransom-group (KFRG) in Zamboanga Sibugay.

Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula (Western Mindanao) Spokesperson Rogelio Alabata identified the arrested KFRG suspects as Abdurahman Sakilan alias Bobong Sakilan, 28 and Pujik Ismael alias Pujik Sarahento, 21, both residents of Sitio Gangit in the village of Mamagon, Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Alabata said they were arrested in a law enforcement operation by way of serving warrant of arrest around 12 noon Sunday, April 16 in the village of Tiayon, Ipil town.

Alabata said Sakilan has standing warrant of arrest for murder while Sarahento was caught in possession of explosive.

He said Sakilan is listed as high value target drug personality, being a member under Ging-Ging Calon Drug Group that distributes illegal drugs in the towns of Kabasalan and Naga.

He said both Sakilan and Sarahento were also involved in kidnappings, highway robberies, carnapping, extortion and piracy in Zamboanga Sibugay and in this province.

He said they were also involved in the killing of a soldier in Kabasalan town and in the clash against policemen in April last year in Naga town.

He said the arresting team confiscated from the suspects’ possessions a caliber .45 pistol, a hand grenade, 10 heat-sealed plastic sachets of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or locally known as "shabu" with an estimate market value of P5,000.

Alabata said the arrest of the two suspects is a result of the intensified operation against most wanted persons and lawless elements in Zamboanga Peninsula. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)
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