2 gunmen involved in Lapuyan massacre fall PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 10 November 2012 13:54

Two followers of a notorious Kidnap-for-Ransom Gang (KFRG) and lawless leader Amie Andi who were involved in the infamous massacre in Lapuyan, Zamboanga del Sur  last February were arrested by Army and police forces in Pagadian City Thursday afternoon.

Arrested were Montasser Mangoda Ratarta alias Totongan and Rachmodin Vel Andi alias Den who were cornered at their safe house in the city by soldiers of the Army’s 53rd Infantry Battalion of the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, and men of the Pagadian City Police Office. They were tagged as involved in the kidnapping of businessmen in Zamboanga Peninsula and the killing of six people, three of them children, in the attack of a village in Lapuyan last February.

It can be recalled that Amer Andi, son of notorious KFRG leader Amie Andi and one of his followers, were killed in Barangay Mikulabo, Picong, Lanao del Sur during a clash with security forces last July, this year.

“Amie Andi is still in hiding but his days are numbered,” 53rd IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Victor D. Tanggawohn said   

The arrested suspects are presently undergoing Army-PNP custodial debriefing prior to turn over to appropriate authorities.

Tabak Division Chief Maj. Gen. Ricardo Rainier G. Cruz III, commended the resident informants and the security forces involved in the arrest of Totongan and Den.

“There shall be no let-up of pursuit operations against those responsible in the series of killings and kidnappings in Western Mindanao. The public must realize that their role in peace and security in the region is vital to the success of the security operations.” Maj. Gen. Cruz said.