ZAMBOANGA CITY – Police launched a manhunt for a man accused of murder in Zamboanga del Norte.
Officials said Alfonso Abne, alias Along, escaped a police operation in Dapitan City where authorities also arrested another man, Dindo Paglalunan, for carrying a gun.
Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, a regional police spokesman, said Abne was in a private beach resort when police forces tried to serve a warrant for his arrest.
He said the Abne managed to elude arrest, but left inside a thatched hut assorted weapons, munitions and components for improvised explosives.
Huesca said police recovered an M16 automatic rifle, eight .45-caliber pistols, ten pistol magazines, five magazines for M16 and Ak-47 assault rifles, and a blasting cap, detonating cord, time fuses, black powder, and a motorcycle which Abne was using as his getaway vehicle.
Judge Victoriano Dl Lacaya, of the Regional Trial Court Branch-9 in Dipolog City, ordered Abne’s arrest for murder, according to Huesca.
Huesca said authorities tracked Abne to his hideout on a tip from an informant, who said the fugitive was seen on several occasions in the resort. It was not immediately known how Abne managed to sneak his weapons past the resort’s guards.