Kidnap gang member captured in Zambo Sibugay

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 8 Nov) – A suspected member of a kidnap-for-ransom-group (KFRG) was wounded and captured following a shootout on Saturday with government operatives in Zamboanga Sibugay, belated police reports said.

Senior Supt. Roberto Roy Bahian, Zamboanga Sibugay police director, identified the captured KFRG member as Honrato Encabo alias Jojo of Alicia town.

Bahian said Encabo was admitted and guarded at a hospital in the capital municipality of Ipil. A caliber .45 pistol with ammunition was seized from his possession.

He said the joint police and military operatives, armed with arrest warrants, swooped down the hideout of Encabo around 9 p.m. Saturday at Sitio Dapdap, Barangay Kawayan, Alicia.

Encabo opened fire upon seeing the arriving troops, Bahian said.

He said Encabo is charged for the crimes of kidnapping with serious illegal detention and robbery before a court in the municipality of Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Encabo is reportedly a member of Reme Sabtal Criminal Gang, formerly known as Mamay Aburi Group.

The group is allegedly involved in criminal activities that include kidnapping, extortion and highway robbery in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, Bahian said.