Man shoots it out with cops in daring rescue of 2 sons facing drug charges in Zamboanga City

Published May 6, 2021, 4:50 PM

by Liza Abubakar-Jocson

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Two regional drug enforcement agents were shot and wounded at dawn Thursday in what appeared as a daring rescue of the captured suspects outside a government hospital here.

Police are investigating the possibility that the suspects, also male siblings, were rescued by their own father.

Investigation and a manhunt for the suspects are ongoing.

The victims were identified as Police Corporal Nicolo Leon Luna III and Police Staff Sgt. Bobby B. Judan. The two are personnel of the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU 9).

Investigation showed that the policemen initially brought brothers Jonar and Moner Jul-Asri to the Zamboanga City Medical Center to secure medical certificates as part of COVID-19 protocol.

While the group was walking towards their vehicle outside the hospital, an unidentified gunman fired at the policemen at close range. The policemen were wounded but one managed to fire back.

The handcuffed suspects, meanwhile, managed to run and commandeer a vehicle headed towards the city’s east coast. The gunman also escaped.

The brothers were arrested earlier that day after allegedly selling P1.2-million worth of suspected drugs to the undercover agents.