Google map of Sirawai municipality, Zamboanga del Norte.

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Authorities have arrested in a manhunt operation a Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) member tagged as the 10th most wanted person in Zamboanga del Norte province, a top police official reported Tuesday.

Col. Richard Verceles, operations chief of the Area Police Command-Western Mindanao, said Masuud Hassan Alip was arrested around 5:30 p.m. Monday in Barangay Panabutan in Sirawai town, Zamboanga del Norte.

He said Alip, 29, has a standing arrest warrant for murder with no recommended bail issued by a municipal court in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte, in April last year.

The suspect is also linked to the killing of a former militiaman in 2021 in Barangay Doña Cecelia, Sirawai.

Verceles said the suspect is also believed to be a contract killer working with Abdul Lumarang, the leader of the Lumarang crime group that has ties with the Sulu-based Abu Sayyaf Group.

Alip was taken to the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Police Office for documentation and proper disposition before his turnover to the court. (PNA)