Sayyaf bandit nabbed in Zamboanga City

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr.

December 28, 2018, 2:14 pm

A TEAM of police and military operatives on Thursday arrested Ben Mungakay alias Boy Negro, 57, an alleged member of the Urban Terrorist Group (UTG) of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Zamboanga City. (Photo courtesy of Police Regional Office-9 public information office)

ZAMBOANGA CITY--A police and military team arrested on Thursday an Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandit in a law-enforcement operation in this city, an official said Friday.

Chief Supt. Emmanuel Luis Licup, Police Regional Office (PRO-9) director, identified the arrested individual as Ben Mungakay, 57, a member of the ASG’s Urban Terrorist Group (UTG).

Licup said Mungakay was arrested through a warrant of arrest for serious illegal detention around 4 a.m. Thursday in Barangay Curuan.

Mungakay is one of the followers of ASG sub-leader Marzan Ajijul. Police said he was involved in the kidnapping of Doroteo Gonzales, a carpenter, on April 25, 2009 in Barangay Buenavista here.

The ASG bandits beheaded Gonzales after his family failed to pay the PHP25 million ransom in exchange for his release.

Gonzales severed head was found on May 17, 2009 in the town of Al-Barka, Basilan province.

Licup said Mungakay was placed under the custody of the Police Station 2 of the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO). (PNA)