ONE of the country’s most wanted kidnappers was killed in a gunbattle with agents of the Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group in Panabo City in Davao del Norte on Sunday noon, PNP-AKG director, Brigadier General Jonnel C. Estomo told People’s Tonight.
Ansbert Recta alias ‘Abey,’ also considered as a ‘high-value drug target’ in Southern Mindanao shot it out with PNP-AKG Mindanao Field Unit operatives led by Major Neil Peter Operario who tracked him down in his residence in Purok 12, Barangay San Vicente in Panabo City and was killed in the process, the official said.
In a report to PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the PNP-AKG director said that Recta, the subject of pending kidnapping-for-ransom and drug trafficking in several courts in Davao City has been the subject of a massive surveillance for weeks before AKG operatives discovered his whereabouts.
Estomo said in coordination with the Panabo City Police Station and the Davao del Norte Provincial Police Office Mobile Force Company, the AKG Mindanao Field Unit led by Colonel Alex Fulgar and Maj. Operario stormed the suspect’s hideout 12 noon Sunday triggering the gunbattle.
Estomo said officers were approaching the suspect’s place when they were met with gunfire from the latter prompting them to retaliate killing the suspect on the spot. Recovered from the possession of the slain suspect were one chamber-loaded caliber .45 pistol with a magazine containing several live ammunition and various drug paraphernalia.
The PNP-AKG director said the suspect was last linked to the kidnapping of one Ayonan Macabato on Wednesday last week in Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte as well as other KFR activities in Davao area.
He said the abductors however failed to contact the family of the victim whose abduction is still being investigated by the AKF-MFU Davao Satellite Office.
Estomo said that they have also received information that the slain suspect, listed as the Top 7 priority drug target in Panabo City was also previously involved in a series of shooting incidents in Davao del Norte, one of which left one of his bosom friends dead. The shooting incident was believed to have been drug-related as investigators received information that the man was killed for his failure to remit drug proceeds to a local syndicate.