Crime group member slain in Albay shootout

LEGAZPI CITY --- A member of a notorious crime syndicate operating in Albay province was killed while a policeman was wounded during a shootout on Monday (June 8) morning in a remote village in Libon town, a police report said.

Maj. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Police Regional Office-5 (PRO-5) spokesperson, said a team of police and military personnel was about to serve a warrant of arrest to six members of the Concepcion crime syndicate in Barangay Molosbolos when they were attacked by the syndicate members at around 3:00 AM.

The attack prompted members of the police and military team to fire back and engage the crime group led by Gilbert Concepcion to a firefight that resulted in the death of a syndicate member with an alias of “Dodoy”.

A member of the police Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) team was also wounded in the shootout.

Recovered from the fight scene were a 40-caliber pistol, an M16 assault rifle, assorted magazines, and ammunition.

The police report said listed in the arrest warrant were Gilbert Concepcion, Ramson Concepcion, Wilfredo Sasota, Cesar Amarillo, and a John and Jane Doe, all residents of Barangay Molosbolos.

The police said the Concepcion gang is engaged in gun-for-hire, robbery, and other criminal activities. (PNA)