MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The police chief of Marawi City was shot dead by still unidentified suspects in the Lanao del Sur capital on Saturday, October 17, the Philippine National Police regional office in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PNP ARMM) said.
Police Superintendent Al Abner Wahab Santos was driving his vehicle when he was shot dead by the suspects at Sarimanok in Barangay Luksa Datu in Marawi City, PNP ARMM said.
“The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds on the head with the use of unknown caliber of firearms. Motive is still to be determined,” it added.
ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman issued a statement Saturday, saying, “We grieve over the murder of Marawi Police chief Al Abner Wahab Santos, and condemn in the highest possible terms this heinous and cowardly act that demonstrates brutality and an utter lack of regard for the value of human life.”
He also said they have ordered the region’s PNP to “investigate and ensure the expeditious delivery of justice.”
PNP ARMM spokesperson Senior Inspector Ronald de Leon cited Santos’ accomplishments in the fight against drug syndicates, and in the implementation of the PNP’s Oplan Lambat Sibat.
The PNP describes Oplan Lambat Sibat as its “deliberate, programmatic, and sustained approach to combat criminality nationwide.” – Rappler.com