ANOTHER key leader of the dreaded Concepcion Crime Group operating in the Bicol region was killed in a gunbattle with pursuing police operatives in Libon, Albay early morning last Friday, Police Regional Office 5 Director Brigadier General Jonnel C. Estomo said yesterday.
The suspect identified as Rolly Saysay, a cousin of elusive Concepcion Gang leader Gilbert Concepcion exchanged gunfire with PRO5 operatives who tracked him down in his hiding place in Barangay Tambo in Libon municipality 4:00 a.m. Friday and was killed in the process, the official said.
According to Brig. Gen. Estomo, members of the PRO5 Regional Mobile Force Battalion led by Colonel Roderico Roy Jr. were fired upon by several heavily-armed men in the area prompting them to retaliate.
During the clearing operation, the policemen discovered the body of Saysay who was found in possession of a chamber-loaded caliber .45 pistol with a magazine containing several live ammunition.
“We have neutralized another hardcore member of the Concepcion Crime Group and we are pressing our effort against the latter and his remaining members,” said Estomo.
Concepcion is a former New People’s Army rebel who joined the Army in 2004. Shortly after he became an Army deserter in 2010, he was believed to have formed an armed group involved in robbery-holdups, drug trafficking, gunrunning, and gun-for-hire activities which have left a number of politicians, soldiers, and policemen dead.
The official said that when Concepcion went on AWOL and was dismissed from the Army service, he formed his armed group which terrorized construction magnates and moneyed businessmen in Bicol, Calabarzon, and even in the National Capital Region.