Abu Sayyaf nabbed in manhunt operation

GOVERNMENT agents arrested an alleged member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) listed as one of the most wanted persons in a manhunt operation in Zamboanga Sibugay, the police said Wednesday, May 22.

Police Major Helen Galvez, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, identified the arrested suspect as Rongen Romanillos, 38, who has standing warrant of arrest for murder and attempted murder issued by the court of Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Galvez said Romanillos was arrested by joint team of policemen from Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay and from Zamboanga City around 12:20 a.m. Wednesday at Bucoy Drive, Camino Nuevo village, this city.

She said Romanillos is listed as the number seven most wanted person in the town of Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay.

The arrested suspect was a member of a gun-for-hire-group and was reportedly recruited by the Basilan-based ASG, Galvez added.

She said confiscated from the possession of the suspect were two metal pipes 10 and 20 inches long, respectively, two ammunition of 12-guage shotgun, and a five-inch ice pick with scabbard. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)


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