(Top ZN drug pusher killed by ‘sniper’ outside court) Alleged Abu-drug pusher shot dead by PDEA official PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 20 August 2016 11:54

By DAN TORIBIO

An alleged member of the Abu Sayyaf  — arrested during a drug bust operation in Tetuan last week —  was shot dead Thursday night by an official of the  Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) who claimed the suspect attacked him with an umbrella nail.

Abdulmuhmin Sumampil y Ramos, 36, married, of Sengal, Lamitan City sustained two bullet wounds in the body and was declared dead on arrival at the Zamboanga City Medical Center.

A report from the Sinunuc Police Station under Chief Insp. Hingming Chang Ladjaali said that Sumampil allegedly attempted to stab PDEA Assistant Regional Director Levi Sotelo Ortiz using an umbrella nail and tried to grab the officer’s pistol inside the PDEA headquarters in Calarian.

Ortiz told police investigators he found no other option to defend himself but to shoot Sumampil twice in the body.

Further police investigation disclosed that Sumampil had been become unruly inside the detention cell of the PDEA headquarters which prompted other detainees to ask PDEA personnel to lock him in another detention cell to avoid violence.

However, while Sumampil was being transferred to another cell, he asked the PDEA personnel to talk to Ortiz as he wanted to reveal some identities of big time shabu pushers.

Sumampil was taken to Ortiz’s officer  where he pulled an umbrella nail and attacked the PDEA officer.

Ortiz tried to calm him down but he continued attacking and tried to grab the PDEA officer’s caliber 40 pistol.

Sensing his life was in danger and seeing Sumampil was uncontrollable,  Ortiz drew his gun and pumped two bullets into the suspect’s body.

Sumampil along with Nurhaida Saupi y Abdurahman were arrested during a PDEA buy-bust operation in Tetuan last August 13.

PDEA agents recovered from their possession two large sachets of shabu, marked money, A .45 caliber pistol with eight bullets and silencer.

Sumampil had four warrants of arrest for murder. He was charged of killing two persons — one in Lamitan and a policeman in Manila, last year.

Police said Sumampil was an active member of the Abu Sayyaf’s urban terrorist group and a gun-for-hire gang.

Meanwhile,  Sumampil’s father Manny on Friday told reporters that before his son was shot dead there had been a “negotiation” for PDEA to reverse the charges against him.

dxNO Basilan station manager Richard Falcatan quoted the elder Sumampil as saying some PDEA personnel had first asked P200,000 to facilitate the release of his son.

Manny showed text messages of the negotiation in which he said the PDEA personnel lowered the asking amount to P100,000.

He said he already sent Thursday the partial amount of P30,000 through money transfer, showing a receipt.

The PDEA regional office denied Manny’s allegation saying the slain suspect never worked as a “civilian Asset” of  the agency,

“And we never asked and received anything from this person or from anyone for that matter.” the agency told Falcatan.

In a related development,  an inmate tagged by PDEA as the top “drug lord” in Zamboanga del Norte was shot dead by a “sniper” just outside the Bulwagan ng Katarungan in Dipolog City at 9:30 am Friday.

Police identified the slain suspect as RG Guico, who, at the time of the shooting, was handcuffed with another inmate Jay Recososa and being escorted by jail guards for a scheduled hearing at the Regional Trial Court Branch 10.

At the meeting of the Provincial Anti Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) in Dipolog last August 9, the PDEA complained that Guico “continued to transact business” despite being in jail.

A PDEA agent also revealed that a couple of months ago they conducted a test by slipping a “drug paraphernalia” into the Dipolog City Jail.

“And it got through to our recipient inmate, showing that [jail] guards could either be that lax or there might be some collusion,” the PDEA agent added.

Guico was brought to the Zamboanga del Norte Medical Center, where he died after an hour.

A guard at the Bulwagan ng Katarungan, Jose de la Torre, told Rappler that he saw Guico and fellow inmate get off the vehicle of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and were walking toward the back entrance of the building when he heard a shot fired.

“The jail guards ducked for cover while Guico was limping, he was hit at the right side of his body. We had to pull them inside the building,” De la Torre said. “The shot came from the parking lot adjacent to our building. It sounded like an M16.”

The guard recalled hearing a single shot from a distance and then followed by 4 shots from the jail guards returning the fire.

Guico was arrested in a drug buy-bust operation in 2013. –  Dan Toribio Jr. with report from Rappler