On Sunday, October 10, 2021, a drug suspect was neutralized by government authorities in Tawi-Tawi, and a firearm and ammo were confiscated from him.
“Based on the report, Samsuddin Sangkahan, a.k.a. Sonny Boy was neutralized by personnel of the Marine Battalion Landing Team-12 and Sitangkai Municipal Police Station who were serving him the Warrant of Arrest for violation of Section 11, Article 11 of Republic Act 9165 in Barangay Datu Baguinda Putih, Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi at 9:00 AM, Sunday,” Western Mindanao Command Commander, Maj. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr. stated.
The target resisted arrest and opened fire on the operating forces, according to Col. Romeo Racadio, Commander of Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi.
“A brief exchange of fire ensued, yielding to the neutralization of Sangkahan,” Col. Racadio added.
A cal. 45 pistol with one magazine and three live ammunition, two empty cal. 45 shells, and a cal. 45 dud bullet were seized by operating forces.
The body of the killed drug suspect was turned over to his family for proper Islamic burial, while all discovered things were placed in the custody of Sitangkai MPS for proper disposition.
“Congratulations to the troops of JTF Tawi-Tawi and police for this success. Rest assured that the Western Mindanao Command will continue to render support to our partners in order to curb illegal drugs operations and other lawless activities,” Maj. Gen. Rosario, Jr. expressed.