4 members of notorious criminal group killed in shootout with policemen Print
Saturday, 07 July 2018 17:22

By Dan Toribio

Four members of a notorious criminal gang were killed during a daring shootout with the policemen in Purok 4, Barangay Cumaron, Midsalip, Zambaonga del Sur last Thursday morning.

Police Regional Information Officer Chief Insp. Helen Galvez disclosed that around 5:30 a.m. policemen from the Regional Intelligence Division 9, Regional Special Operation Group 9-Task Force Tugis, Regional Intelligence Unit 9, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 9 and Midsalip Municipal Police Station were executing a warrant of arrest for murder against Ramon Bantayan and Rondi Bantayan (ranked as Top 7, most wanted person in Midsalip Municipality, Zamboanga Del Sur when the armed group opted to engage with the police forces in a gunfight.

Police said that the armed suspects opened fire first with the police force upon sighting their arrival.

The two brothers, along with their two cohorts, whose identities were not known immediately, were killed during the heavy exchange of fire.

Policemen confiscated from the slain suspects two improvised shotguns (paltiks), .45 caliber pistols and assorted ammunitions including bladed weapons.

The criminal groups were responsible in the several shooting incidents in the province including extortion activities.—Dan Toribio