MILF gunmen free Marawi police chief PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 December 2013 11:19

Supt. Christopher Panapan, Marawi City police chief, was released by Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels shortly after he was forcibly taken at dawn yesterday in Marawi.

Sr. Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, PNP public information office chief,  said the kidnappers of Supt. Panapan freed the latter after negotiations with  local officials and police officers of Wato Balindong.

Sindac said that those who negotiated for the safe release of Panapan were ex-Mayor Benjamin Bagul, brother of incumbent mayor;, Vice mayor Edris Manalocal, Marawi City Mayor Fahad Salic and several barangay officials of Wato Balindong.

Reports reaching the PNP national headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City said that Panapan was forcibly taken by 40 armed men who raided the Marawi City police station around 12 midnight and sprung two of their comrades detained at the station..

The armed men chanced upon Panapan at the police station and decided to take him with them.

The gunmen were believed to be followers of MILF leader Commander Bravo, who has long been wanted by the police for several crimes. — Dan Toribio Jr.