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Zambo city police director, anti-kidnap cops receive commendation, cash incentives

Zamboanga City (12 February) -- Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday afternoon handed out cash incentives to city police director Sr. Supt. Mario B. Yanga and 15 of his men in the anti-kidnapping group responsible for the rescue on Tuesday of local businessman Eliseo Hablo Jr. from his captors and the arrest of six suspects.

Commended for a job very well done were Yanga, who personally led the successful rescue operation, and his men in the anti-kidnapping group of the Zamboanga City Police Office namely: Insp. Arturo Natividad Alejandro- team leader, SPO4 Arthur Filoteo Sta. Teresa, SPO3 Federico Castro Lindo, SPO3 Romy Cortejo Alintana, SPO3 Pedro Pantaleon Castillo Jr., SPO2 Alberto Ancheta Conception Jr., SPO1 Amado Aquino Mirasol, PO3 Julusman Abellera Allian, PO3 Romeo Santos Alfaro, PO3 Murphy Porcasa Nieto, PO3 Yasser Mandi Hakim, PO2 Lommel Geonzon Dela Torre, PO1 Karla Rikka Ferre Ramos and PO1 Albert Alvarez Perez.

On hand to witness the cash distribution were police regional director Chief Supt. Angelo Sungalo, Chief Supt. Felizardo Serapio, director of Directorate for Integrated Police Operation (DIPO), some members of the local legislature and business groups.

Meanwhile, Lobregat said he has sent a letter to Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno, strongly recommending the much deserved promotion of Supt. Yanga and his anti-kidnapping operatives to the next higher rank.

He also wrote the City Council in connection with the safe rescue of businessman Hablo in the successful operation Tuesday, which was personally led by Yanga, and resulted in the arrest of six suspects that included two policemen and a lawyer, among others.

In the said letter, the mayor said he has officially commended Yanga and his men for a job very well done and even urged them to work without letup to solve the other kidnapping incidents, particularly the three public school teachers, and to prevent other similar incidents in the future.

"This successful operation is a result of a unified and professional handling of sensitive operations wherein in information and operations were kept very confidential," Lobregat said in a letter to the councilors. "Community involvement in the operation was also vital in the success of the rescue of the victim (Hablo) and the arrest of the suspects."

The chief executive likewise called on the councilors to adopt a resolution similarly extolling Yanga and his operatives for the successful rescue operation wherein no ransom money was paid to the kidnappers neither a single bullet was fired, "and to join me in recommending to the DILG the much deserved promotion of Yanga and 15 of his anti-kidnapping operatives." (CIO/PIA ZC) [top]

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