Labason, Zamboanga del Norte - Operatives of RIU9, Labason Police Station, RPSB9 1st Maneuver Company, and ZNPPSC conducted a joint manhunt operation in Barangay New Salvacion at 5:30 in the morning of April 9, 2015.
Said operation was aiming for the arrest of Omar Arassi, the leader of Sappii criminal group. When they arrived in the area, member of Sapii group fired upon the government troops, which resulted in a firefight that lasted for about two minutes. However, Omar Arassi and members was able to elude from the arrest. Clearing operation led to the capture of Sammy Camja Arassi and one unidentified wounded suspect. The said wounded suspect was immediately brought to Labason District Hospital for medical attention but was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician. Meanwhile, the Sappii group reportedly fled towards Sitio Libuto, Barangay Salvacion heading towards Barangay Imelda in Gutalac town.
-with report from PO2 Jonas D Macasa Jr., RPIO9