PNP: Pingli kidnap gang also into drug trafficking PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:56

Police Regional Office-9 Director Chief Supt. Napoleon Estilles on Monday presented to newsmen the firearm and other belongings of Wahid Pingli, the leader of a  kidnap-for-ransom gang, who was killed in a shootout with lawmen in Sacol Island.

Police records show that aside from kidnapping, Pingli’s group, including his brothers, are into other criminal activities like drug trafficking and extortion.
During a press conference in Camp Abendan, Mercedes, Estilles erased the name and photo of Pingli in the list of the top 10 most wanted persons in the city.

Estilles told newsmen that right after the shootout between police troopers and the group of Pingli, they recovered Wahid’s body and his belongings which included a “baby” M16 rifle with four long magazines, an M203 grenade launcher, medical kit, back pack containing clothings, documents, an ice-pick and a magazine pouch.

Estilles said that Pingli’s two cohorts escaped during the exchange of gunfire.

He said the body was positively identified as that of Wahid Pingli who was the No. 3 in the list of most wanted persons in the city with P200,000 reward on his head from DILG.

Pingli’s body was released to his wife and was brought to their residence for burial service.

Pingli and his brother Ismael, are natives of Landang Gua,  Sacol Island and they are regular members of the 3rd section of 114th BC, Moro Islamic Liberation Front based in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan.

Police records showed that the Pingli brothers were involved in the kidnapping of three school teachers at Sitio Mimping and Pangapuyan Islands in Sacol last Jan. 23, 2009.

They were also involved in the planning, casing and identifying of targets of  kidnapping including that of businessman Innocente Bautista last May, 27, 2008.

The slain Pingli, his brothers Ismael and Gafur, have pending warant of arrest in connection with Bautista’s kidnapping.

Gafur has been reportedly disguising himself as seaweed farmer to elude arrest.

The three teachers from Naga, Sibugay who were snatched last March 13, 2009 were reportedly brought to Sacol Island by the kidnappers on the first week of June.

The victims along with their kidnappers reportedly stayed in Sacol for refueling of pumpboat.

After they were released, the teachers positively identified the Pingli brothers as among those who seized them.

The Pingli brothers along with members of the Abu Sayyaf under Puruji Indama, the group of Muntong Pula, Jun Akilan and a certain Ibu Casil were  also reported as behind the kidnapping of Filipino-American Gerfa Yeatts Lunsmann, her son  Kevin and their relative Romnick Jackaria last July 21, 2011. It  took place at their rest-house in Sacol Island.

Authorities also said the Pingli brothers have combined forces with the 114th  MILF KFRG in engaging in illegal drug activities aside from kidnapping.

Wahid and another brother Abubakar Pingli are alleged distributor of prohibitted drugs in the islands of Sacol, Arena Blanco and Taluksangay, Siocon Sibuco, both in  Zamboanga del Norte, Tungawan and RT Lim in Zamboanga Sibugay, according to police records. 

The same records state that the prohibitted drugs come from unknown source in Pagadian City. Ismael Pingli along with Arasad Ambutong, Kimar Sabturani, Emran Hussin Akilan and Giemal Lliyimin were reportedly the couriers of prohibitted drugs and believed to members of the MILF and close allies of some politicians in Zamboanga City.

The Pingli brothers were also the group that had engaged in a shootout with Task Force Zamboanga soldiers and some barangay tanods of Talabaan last  October 25, 2011 along the shore of Sitio Gapuh.

Last Feb. 8 around 9:45 a.m., the Pingli brothers and their group clashed  with government troops at Sitio Balete, Landang Laum, Sacol Island that resulted in the recovery of several belongings and accessories belonging to the group. — Dan Toribio Jr.