LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 22 (PNA) -- A member of the notorious Concepcion criminal group was killed, another member of the group was captured while a policeman was injured in a firefight that ensued when a combined group of operatives swooped down on a house, that is said to be the safehouse of the group, in a remote village in Libon, Albay Monday evening, an Albay police official said today.
Chief Insp. Arthur Gomez, head of the investigation division and information officer of Albay Provincial Police Office, said the lawmen were to issue a warrant of arrest against Gilbert Concepcion, head of the crime group, at a house in Barangay Nogpo, Libon at 10 p.m.
“But before reaching the targeted house in Nogpo a group of gunmen, who were having a drinking spree, fired upon the operatives and a four-minute firefight ensued,” said Gomez.
Slain in the gun battle was Jose Delos Reyes, 50, tagged as a member of the criminal gang, while Alfredo Mata, another member of the group, was captured during the firefight and now facing charges of illegal possession of firearm
Wounded in the gunfight was PO2 Manolo Nierva of the 5th Regional Public Safety Batallion (RPSB). He suffered a gunshot wound in his right arm and is now undergoing treatment at a hospital in Albay.
Gomez said four other other men were held for questioning at the Libon Municipal Police Office.
He said the combined team of 30 operatives, who conducted the raid in Barangay Nogpo, were from the 5th RPSB, Albay Provincial Public Safety Company, Provincial Intelligence Branch and Libon Municipal Police Office.
Gomez said Gilbert Concepcion has standing warrants of arrest for seven cases of rape and murder from different regional trial courts, including the murder case of former Makati City engineer Nelson Morales.
The operatives are still conducting hot pursuit operationS against the gang members in the hinterlands of Libon town. (PNA) LAP/GVR/JH/JORGE HALLARE/EDS