By JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL
COTABATO CITY — A drug personality was killed and neutralized by the government forces in a joint operation in Tawi-Tawi on October 10 where his firearm and ammunition as well as illegal drugs were also seized.
Major Andrew Linao, spokesman of the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) on Wednesday said based on the report, “Samsuddin Sangkahan, a.k.a. Sonny Boy was neutralized by personnel of the Marine Battalion Landing Team-12 and Sitangkai Municipal Police Station (MPS) who were serving him the Warrant of Arrest for violation of Section 11, Article 11 of Republic Act 9165 in Barangay Datu Baguinda Putih, Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi last Sunday.”
Col. Romeo Racadio, commander of Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi said the target resisted arrest and initiated gunfire against the operating troops. “A brief exchange of fire ensued, yielding to the neutralization of Sangkahan,” Col. Racadio added.
Seized by operating troops were a cal. 45 pistol with one magazine and three live ammunition, two empty shells of cal. 45, and a dud bullet of cal. 45. All recovered items are placed under the custody of Sitangkai MPS for proper disposition while the cadaver of the slain drug suspect was turned over to his family for proper Islamic burial.
WestMinCom Commander, Maj. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr. congratulated the troops of JTF Tawi-Tawi and police for this success. And said “rest assured that the Western Mindanao Command will continue to render support to our partners in order to curb illegal drugs operations and other lawless activities.” (JIJ)