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An agent of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) died in a shootout with policemen in Zamboanga City early Saturday, police said.

Senior Supt. Edwin de Ocampo, Zamboanga City police director, identified the fatality as Joel Sacro, resident of Brgy. Putik, and a PDEA agent assigned in Tawi-Tawi.

The “shootout” occurred around 7:30 a.m. in an apartment along Saavedra extension, Brgy. Sta. Maria.

Elements of the city’s Police Station 7 went to the area after a resident complained that Sacro indiscriminately fired his gun, De Ocampo told Bandera in a text message.

“While approaching the apartment, the suspect fired his firearm, prompting the responding policemen to fire back, causing his untimely death,” De Ocampo said.

Members of the PNP Scene of the Crime Operatives later arrived at the scene and recovered two caliber-.45 pistols and a caliber-5.56 M16A2 rifle from the slain suspect, he said. (John Roson)

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The US government has warned its citizens against staying or traveling to the Zamboanga Peninsula amid what it calls a kidnap threat by terrorists against foreign nationals.

“A credible threat of a terrorist kidnapping-for-ransom plot against foreigners has been identified in the Zamboanga area,” the US embassy said in an advisory issued Wednesday.

The embassy advised all American citizens residing in or planning to travel to Zamboanga to “re-evaluate their personal safety situation and consider postponing travel” to the area.

“Any US government personnel already in Zamboanga have been directed to relocate to a secure area,” the embassy said.

“US government employees planning to travel to Zamboanga have been directed to defer their travel at this time,” it added.

The embassy’s warning came two days after police and military personnel arrested a “lawless element” tagged in the abduction of Italian missionary Fr. Giancarlo Bossi, at a mall in Zamboanga City.

Putot Jakaria was arrested Monday on warrants for illegal detention with robbery and kidnapping with serious illegal detention, Senior Supt. Edwin de Ocampo, Zamboanga City police director, said.

Jakaria is “allegedly” involved in the abduction of Bossi, the police official said.

Bossi was abducted on June 10, 2007 in Zamboanga Sibugay and freed July 19 the same year. He died in Milan, Italy in Sept. 2012 at the age of 62 due to lung cancer.

Maj. Ramon Zagala, chief of the Armed Forces’ public affairs office, said the military respects the US Embassy’s issuance of a travel advisory.

“The AFP deems it appropriate for any country to protect and at all times consider the safety and well-being of their people in their own country or abroad, as we likewise do here in the Philippines,” Zagala said.

He said the military will continue to monitor the security situation in Mindanao to protect Filipinos and foreign citizens.

“We are vigilant and will continue to monitor the security situation in the country, particularly in Mindanao. Our intelligence gathering and network sharing with other law-enforcement agencies, particularly the PNP, are in place to prevent any untoward incident,” Zagala said. (John Roson)

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Armed men abducted a businessman at his eatery near the shore of Zamboanga City on Friday night, police said.

Senior Supt. Edwin de Ocampo, officer-in-charge of the Zamboanga City Police, identified the victim as Edgar Favella, 50, owner of a “carinderia” along the highway near the shore of Brgy. Maasin.

Favella is also engaged in logistics and transport services, owning some hauling trucks, a source said.

Five men, of whom two were carrying short firearms, seized Favella in front of his eatery around 6:45 p.m. and forced him into a pumpboat, De Ocampo said in a phone interview.

Favella’s son Sandy saw the commotion and tried to fight off the abductors, but withdrew when one pointed a gun at him, De Ocampo said.

Tutulungan sana niya ‘yung tatay niya dahil nakita niya dun sa labas, eh nung tinutukan na siya ng baril din, tumakbo na siya sa loob nung karinderya,” the police official said.

Parang mga bagito (ang mga abductor)… kasi nakipagsuntukan pa,” De Ocampo noted.

Three of the abductors took Favella with them on the pumpboat while the other two escaped on a motorcycle, he said.

Members of the local police, Navy, PNP Special Action Force, and Maritime Group scoured the shores and waters of Brgy. Maasin until Saturday morning, but found no sign of the abductors.

De Ocampo said there is a possibility that the abductors took Favella to Basilan so he alerted authorities there about the abduction.

Maasin, part of Zamboanga City’s 136-kilometer shoreline, lies in the east coast facing Basilan, he noted.

Intelligence operatives have also been ordered to check the coast thoroughly, De Ocampo added. (John Roson)

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‘Poison Ivy’ falls in Zamboanga

Authorities recaptured a woman convicted of poisoning and robbing at least 10 families in Metro Manila, during an operation in Zamboanga City Tuesday morning.

Anamae Livrando, dubbed by the police as “Poison Ivy,” was arrested around 10 a.m. at a bus terminal in Brgy. Guiwan, Senior Supt. Edwin de Ocampo, Zamboanga City police director, said.

“Minanmanan namin talaga namin siya (Livrando) kahit kagabi kasi may info na aalis siya going to Cagayan de Oro City, then kukuha ng passport going to Malaysia,” De Ocampo said in a phone interview.

On Monday, Mayor Celso Lobregat called up the police to inform that Livrando was spotted in the city.

Manila Police District’s Supt. Nelson Yabut, who arrested Livrando in 2008 and happens to be a classmate of De Ocampo at the Philippine National Police Academy (1987), also helped by sending information on the convict.

Livrando did not resist the arrest and even admitted that she was the one being pursued, De Ocampo said.

“Pina-medical (examination) namin siya (Livrando) then temporary custody dito sa city jail kasi high risk na siya,” the police official said.

Livrando may be fetched by officers from the Women’s Correctional facility in Mandaluyong City either late Tuesday or Wednesday.

Livrando gained notoriety several years ago by serving as a househelp of rich, mostly Filipino-Chinese, families, poisoning their food, and robbing the victims’ homes when they are in the hospital.

Following her arrest in 2008, Livrando escaped from the Manila City Jail while her cases of frustrated homicide and robbery were being tried.

She was rearrested in Quezon City in August 2011 after reportedly victimizing two more families, but escaped again last November. (John Roson)

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A man, his wife, and eldest son died while four of his other children were injured when a dynamite exploded inside their home in Zamboanga City early Tuesday, police said.

Senior Supt. Edwin de Ocampo, city police director, identified the fatalities as Agsali Subbaani, his wife Jannuka, and 17-year-old son Pansidal.

The couple’s other children, Pasig, 11; Puja, 9; Goa-goa, 7; and Singa, 10, suffered injuries on the different parts of the body and are now being treated at the Zamboanga City Medical Center, De Ocampo said in a text message.

The explosion occurred around 1 a.m. at Purok 4, Brgy. Rio Hondo.

Before the incident, Agsali and his wife were reportedly having an argument and the latter threatened to leave, De Ocampo said.

“In the course of their argument, the husband allegedly took out a dynamite, lit it, until it exploded,” the police official said. (John Roson)

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