Monday, September 24, 2018

Drug syndicate member escapes from detention

ZAMBOANGA. Police photo handout shows Abdulsalim Mangongaya, alias Dondon Sanday, 30, who escaped from detention early Sunday, July 8, in Margosatubig, Zamboanga del Sur. (Bong Garcia)

POLICE have launched a manhunt operation to recapture a drug syndicate member who escaped from detention in the province of Zamboanga del Sur.

Chief Inspector Helen Galvez, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, said subject of the manhunt was Abdulsalim Mangongaya, alias Dondon Sanday, 30, a resident of Poblacion, Margosatubig, Zamboanga del Sur.

Mangongaya was able to escape from the lock-up cell of the police headquarters in Margosatubig town. His escape was discovered around 2 a.m. Sunday, July 8.

Galvez said Mangongaya escaped by cutting the iron bar at the back of the lock-up cell with a hacksaw.

He escaped three days after he was arrested by joint police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives in Kalian village, Margosatubig.

Mangongaya has been listed as the number two high-value drug personality in the town of Margosatubig and has a standing warrant of arrest for murder.

Galvez said earlier that Mangongaya is a member of "Pating," a drug syndicate operating in Zamboanga del Sur. (SunStar Philippines)