Alleged Maguindanao town mayor’s hitman nabbed

Jasper Acosta, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 19 2016 06:32 PM

MAGUINDANAO – An alleged hitman of Talitay, Maguindanao Mayor Montasir Sabal was arrested on Friday morning.

The Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group – ARMM arrested Hector Dujali at the house of the mayor.

CIDG-ARMM deputy regional director William Santos said Dujali was arrested by the police because he was inside Sabal’s house during the raid.

Dujali, however, denied the allegation that he is Sabal’s hitman. He claimed he was only a carpenter and security escort of the mayor.

Aside from Dujali, police also arrested a certain Ambari Ental.

The CIDG-ARMM is now preparing charges against the two following the seizure of assorted firearms and shabu from the house.

Mayor Sabal was not in his house during the search operation.

Police will also file charges against Talitay Vice Mayor Abdulwahab Sabal following the seizure of a pistol and sachets of suspected shabu in his house.

Vice Mayor Sabal was arrested by police at the Cotabato Airport last September for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

Meanwhile, ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman urged all elected officials in the region being linked to the illegal to come out in the open to clear their names.

The house of assemblyman Sedik Ameril in Talitay was one of the subjects of the search operation on Friday morning. Authorities did not find any firearms or illegal drugs in his residence.