Military intelligence agents and anti-illegal drugs operatives killed four Chinese men and seized at least 38 kilos of shabu during an operation in Pampanga on Monday.
A report by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Region 3 said its agents in tandem with policemen and military intelligence agents recovered the drugs worth P262 million during the drug sting at Punta Verde Subdivision Barangay Pulong Cacutud, Angeles City.
The composite team also killed Cai Ya Bing, 29, native of Yuncheng City, Shanxi; Erbo Ke, 34, of Quanzhou City, Fujian; Huang Guidong,44, of Zhang Zhou, Fujian; and Wuyuan Shen alias Jinpeng Zhang, 41, of Zhang Zhou, Fujian, all of China.
Authorities said that PDEA agents secured a drug deal from the group that resulted in the conduct of the anti-drug operation and armed encounter.
Aside from the drugs, the operating team also recovered four .45 caliber pistol; two mobile phones; a weighing scale with charger; and marked money used by the PDEA operatives.
IN Zamboanga City, members of the Philippine National Police-Anti Kidnapping Group (AKG) arrested a member and negotiator of the Abu Sayyaf Group in its kidnapping activities.
AKG Director Brig. Gen. Rudolph Dimas reported to PNP chief General Guillermo Eleazar that Adzrimar Sali Ammat alias Abu Omar, 30, resident of Tabu Batu, Maimbung, Sulu was arrested over the weekend in Barangay Kampo Islam, Lower Calarian, Zamboanga City.
Dimas said Abu Omar negotiated for the ASG in the case of Canadians John Ridsdel and Robert Hall who were held by the local terrorist group.
Ridsdel and Hall were beheaded by the ASG in Talipao, Sulu, on April 25, 2016 and June 13, 2016, respectively.
Norwegian Kjartan Sekingstad and Filipino Maritess Flor, who were also among those taken, were released on June 24, 2016. The kidnapping happened on September 21, 2015 at the Holiday Oceanview Resort in Samal, Davao del Norte.
Dimas said two more kidnap victims, who requested anonymity, pointed to Abu Omar as their kidnapper.
One of the two kidnap victims was released in December 2015, while the other was released on June 2, 2014.
The warrant of arrest for kidnapping and serious illegal detention against Abu Omar was issued by Judge Abdulmoin Pakam of Regional Trial Court, Branch 5 in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, on September 2, 2019.