Zamboanga cops nab 2 suspects on patrolman’s murder

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The Zamboanga police have arrested the two suspects in the murder of Patrolman Pedro Umpad.

The alleged gunman identified as Madzlan Abdurajak Saruana, 31, was nabbed at Tripplet, Canelar, Zamboanga City, while the driver of the motorcycle identified as Alsid Jackaria Ismail, 19, was apprehended near the parking area of West Metro Medical Center, Tumaga, Zamboanga City.

Two caliber .45 were confiscated from the suspects with two magazines and 13 pieces of live ammunition and one piece sachet of white crystalline substance suspected as shabu during the operation Wednesday, October 16, police said.

A Honda black motorcycle was recovered, authorities added.

“Patrolman Adamer Pandangan, buddy of the late Patrolman Umpad positively identified the suspects. They were recognized from the CCTV footage and based on the citation ticket issued to the suspects,” Zamboanga police said.

The suspects are now detained at Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) Headquarters for proper disposition.

They will be charged with murder, violation of Republic Act No. 10591 for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, and violation of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Umpad was killed by riding-in-tandem suspects Sunday dawn, October 13, when he was stepping out of the patrol car to issue citation tickets to drag racers along Mayor Vitaliano Agan Avenue.