Police nabs Cotabato fugitive

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 20 Nov) – A fugitive considered one of the most wanted in North Cotabato was arrested after being on the run for almost a year.

Police operatives in Pikit, North Cotabato over the weekend, apprehended Rolly Plang Anok, 33, who was slapped with several trafficking charges.

Anok, one of the most trusted security aides of the late Commander Derby, was considered armed and dangerous due to his extensive criminal history, according to Supt. Bernard Tayong, spokesperson for the Cotabato Police Provincial Office (CPPO).

Anok, reports said, was among those tasked by Commander Derby to execute the jailbreak last January 4.

Tayong said Derby, also a fugitive, masterminded the worst jail attack in the history of North Cotabato where 158 inmates escaped and at least 10 people, one of them a village councilor here, died during hot pursuit operations.

Anok was an alleged member of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) where Derby was believed one of their leaders operating in North Cotabato and Maguindanao.

Derby, who had a P1-million bounty on his head, was killed late September this year by a still unidentified gunman somewhere in Pagalungan, Maguindanao.

Anok was arrested in his hideout at Barangay Batulawan in Pikit past 2 p.m. last Saturday.

The arresting officers, led by the Pikit municipal station head, Chief Insp. Bryan Placer, went to the village after they received tips of Anok’s presence from residents.

Anok, according to Placer, did not resist arrest. (Malu Cadelina Manar / MindaNews)