POLICE early yesterday morning shot dead in separate anti-drug operations in Cotabato City a 62-year-old former mayor of Parang, Maguindanao and his son accused of involvement in illicit drug activities in Mindanao.
Talib Basa Abo Sr. exchanged fire with officers serving a search warrant for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 issued against him by a local court in his house at Oblate Drive in Bgy. Rosary Heights 7 in Cotabato City, said Police Regional Office 12 director Chief Supt. Eliseo Rasco.
Members of the PRO12 Regional Police Drug Enforcement Unit, Regional Intelligence Division 12, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 12, the Philippine National Police Special Action Force and Cotabato City Police Station conducted the raids at 12:40 a.m. yesterday.
The raiders were armed with 12 search warrants for violations of RA 9165 and RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 issued by Judge Alandrex Betoya of the Kabacan, Cotabato City Rgional Trial Court.
Rasco said that officers were forced to return fire when the former mayor started shooting at them with a handgun. The ex-mayor was shot in the body and died while being taken to the Cotabato Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Recovered during the operation were one cal. 5.56 Kia automatic rifle, a 5.56 K2 M-16 automatic rifle, a cal. .380 Ruger pistol, dozens of assorted live ammunition, a large plastic packet and five heat-sealed plastic sachets containing around 150 grams of suspected shabu worth nearly P590,000.
Abo Sr. was included in the “narco-list” of President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016. He was accused of allegedly transporting some 3.5 kilograms of shabu worth nearly P20 million in Davao City using a government ambulance.
Abo’s son, Disumimba Basa Abo alias “Bobby,” 51, was slain in a separate anti-narcotics raid in Purok Rajamuda, Jose Lim Street in Bgy. Mother Bagua.
Officers were searching for drugs, guns and explosives believed to be hidden in Disumimba’s house when they were met with gunfire.
The former mayor’s son was pronounced dead upon arrival at the same hospital.
Rasco said that his men recovered during the raid two hand grenades and 12 plastic packets containing an estimated P3 million worth of the “poor man’s cocaine.”
PRO12 RPDEU chief Supt. Leo Sua said Disumimba was listed as a Level 4 drug trafficker in President Duterte’s drug watchlist.
Another target of a search warrant for drugs, Abo’s daughter, Amy Macaumbang Abo alias “Baby Love,” a councilwoman in Parang, was arrested in another raid in Rosal St., Bgy. Rosary Heights, which led in the confiscation of some 300 grams of shabu worth P3.540 million and a cal. 40 Para-Ordnance pistol with magazine containing several live ammunition.