A DETAINEE of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), who is suspected to be an Abu Sayyaf member, was killed when he attacked an official of the agency in Zamboanga City.
Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula spokesperson Rogelio Alabata said the incident occurred around 7 p.m. Thursday, August 18, at the PDEA regional office in Upper Calarian, of the city.
Alabata identified the slain alleged ASG member as Abdulmuhmin Sumampil, alias Boy, of the village of Sengal, Lamitan City, Basilan province.
Sumampil together with a certain Nurhaida Saupi were arrested by PDEA operatives on Aug. 13 during a drug bust in Tetuan, this city.
Alabata said Sumampil was taken to an investigation room after he volunteered to give information on his illegal drugs’ source.
When inside the room, Sumampil allegedly requested that his handcuffs be removed so he can place his hands infront (and the handcuffs placed subsequently) and draw the sketch of his alleged source of drugs.
It was at this juncture that Sumampil allegedly pulled an umbrella nail from the pocket of his short pants and stabbed PDEA Assistant Regional Director Levi Ortiz, who was talking to the suspect at that time.
Ortiz managed to evade and shot Sumampil in self-defense.
Alabata said Sumampil sustained two gunshot wounds and was rushed to the Zamboanga City Medical Center but did not reach the hospital alive.
During the Aug. 13 drug bust, PDEA confiscated from Sumampil’s possession 15 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride locally known as shabu with an estimated P13,500 market value, marked money, a caliber .45 pistol with silencer and eight live ammunition, and other prohibited drug paraphernalia. (Bong Garcia)