Celso releases city’s counterpart in reward for slain kidnap leader PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 June 2012 13:55

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday afternoon turned over to Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Napoleon Estilles the city government’s counterpart in the reward money for the neutralization of the leader of a notorious kidnap for ransom group included in the City’s 10 most wanted persons.

Mayor Lobregat at the same time commended the authorities for the successful operation against Wahid Pingli, the kidnap-for-ransom gang leader who was killed in an encounter with government troops at Sitio Tambak, Sacol Sunday afternoon.

Wahid, who is No. 3 in the list of 10 most wanted persons in Zamboanga City, was said to be the head of the Pingli brothers responsible for various kidnappings and serious illegal detention and murder and has a reward of P200, 000 for his capture.

Lobregat said the reward money will be eventually turned over to the asset or informant, whose identity is kept confidential. He believes that the grant of reward money is very helpful and effective in neutralization of criminals and other lawless elements.

The city government, he stressed, remains fully supportive to the efforts of law enforcers and peace keepers not only in terms of providing counterpart for the reward money but also in other aspects such as infrastructures, gasoline allowances, cash allowances and other logistics including firearms, office supplies and numerous others.

“The only way to really stop criminality is to catch the criminals and on this particular case, it was a successful operation,” the mayor said hoping that operation will send the signal to other lawless elements that the long arm of the law will ultimately catch up on them.

For his part, Gen. Estilles thanked Mayor Lobregat and the city government for the support to the efforts of the police, as he vowed, on behalf of the police force in the city and the region, to stay committed to law enforcement and peace keeping efforts.

He revealed that the reward money will be given to the concerned informant or asset as soon as processing of documents is complete.

The police general shared the mayor’s view in the giving of reward money saying the system will entice people to give the necessary information and details for the capture of any wanted individual.

“Effective ito, lalo na sa pagkuha ng information and those giving information are also expecting that they be rewarded financially,” Estilles added.

Reports indicate that police and military forcers went to Sacol Island to serve on the Pingli brothers the warrants of arrest. However, the group resisted arrest that led to a firefight.  In the process, Wahid was killed while his companions retreated to an unknown direction. — Sheila Covarrubias