3 wanted murder suspects killed in Maguindanao shootout


PARANG, Maguindanao — Police killed three men who resisted arrest and traded shots with law enforcers during the conduct of a checkpoint on election gun ban here Monday.

Police later found out the suspects were wanted in connection with the murder of a woman and a former village head here last month.

Supt. Ibrahim Jambiran, town police chief, said the three men, who were on board a motorbike and armed with hand guns, traded shots with lawmen at around 11 a.m. when flagged down at a checkpoint in Barangay Gumagadong Calawag.

“We found out later they were linked to a series of shooting in town,” Jambiran said of slain suspects Abib Sarotsong, Acero Kibad and Todto Pangalian, all of Barangay Liong, Barira, Maguindanao.

Citing police records, Jamiran said the suspects were involved in illegal drugs and belonged to a gun-for-hire group responsible in the series of shooting here.

“We are closely implementing the election gun ban,” he said, adding that intelligence information related to local police showed the suspects were armed to the teeth.

Recovered from the slain suspects were two cal. 45 pistols and ammunition.

Relatives quickly claimed their remains and buried them according to Islamic rites Monday. Edwin Fernandez/PNA-northboundasia.com