A member of the notorious Anwar Ansang Group, tagged as the primary suspect in the killing of Vice Mayor Restituto Calonge of Mabuhay, Zamboanga Sibugay and his companion on February 26, 2021, was killed in a police operation on Thursday.
“The joint intelligence-driven operation conducted by teams from the 902nd Maneuver Company, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 9 (RMFB9); 903rd MC, RMFB9; Intel Sec., RMFB9 and 2nd ZSPMFC resulted in the neutralization of a certain "JENAL" legal age and a member of Anwar Ansang Group, a known Criminal Group and Potential Private Armed Group operating in the Zamboanga Region on March 25, 2021, at about 10:00 in the morning, in Purok Bombil, Brgy. Igat (Island), Margosatubig, Zamboanga Del Sur” said Chief PNP Police General Debold M Sinas.
Sinas disclosed that said police operation stemmed from the service of Warrants of arrest against Ermahudin Manguda a.k.a. "Er-er" for Murder (Two Counts). During the operation, other members of said group identified as certain AL-MUAG and MAIDE BALUGTOD ZULUETA, both wanted persons and members/associates of Er-er Manguda including "JENAL", resisted arrest and engaged the operating troops in a firefight.
Recovered during the operation were one (1) unit Gold Cup Cal. 45 Pistol with SN. 861725 with one (1) inserted magazine loaded with eight (8) live ammos; one (1) inside holster and one (1) sling bag.
Meanwhile, other suspects who were able to evade the arrest using their speedboats/pump boats are now being pursued by members of the joint operating teams.
On the other hand, other members of the operating team are securing the scene of the operation while waiting for the investigators from Margosatubig Municipal Police Station and SOCO of Zamboanga Del Sur.