Hostage taker in Tungawan hunted PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 July 2011 17:06

Police and military forces are hot on the track of one of the top 10 most wanted persons in the region after he and two cohorts held six people hostage in Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay last Tuesday.

Police Regional Office-9 Director Chief Supt. Elpidio De Asis disclosed that Munib Aukasa, who has pending warrants of arrest for murder and highway robbery, was infuriated and seized six persons hostage after police and military forces raided his residence around 5:30 a.m. to serve a warrant of arrest. He eluded arrest prompting the lawmen to invite his wife Julma to the police station for questioning.

De Asis said the raiding team recovered a home-made shotgun and a hand grenade at Aukasa’s house. 
At 10:45 a.m., Aukasa and two unidentified companions, all armed with high powered firearms, went to some houses in Barangay Tigbanuang, Tungawan and seized six persons who were identified as Mae Jane Luchavez, 15, Annabelle Luchavez, 31, Kenny Marie Dalagan, 24, Bader Luchavez, 26, Enrequeta Perjes, 45 and Merlinda Luchavez, 50. He and his cohorts brought them to Sitio Sapa Itagi, where they were held hostage.

At 12 noon of the same day, Aukasa released one of the hostages to send a message to the authorities that he would release the five others in exchange of his wife’s release.

The Crisis Management Committee in Sibugay with Tungawan Mayor Randy Climaco convened and discussed measures to address the crisis.
Sangguniang Bayan members Lorvele Caracol and Hamin JImlani with Aukasa’s wife Julma who was released by the police after questioning, proceeded to Sitio Sapa Itagi where they fetched the five other hostages.

The victims returned to their respective houses while Aukasa and his companions remained at large.
DZT gathered that Aukasa’s group was responsible for the extortion activities on provincial buses and killing of some personalities in Tungawan. — Dan Toribio Jr.