By Jigger J. Jerusalem
NORTHERN Mindanao’s sixth most wanted person was killed following a law enforcement operation in Bukidnon Monday, police said.
Camp Alagar identified the man killed as Dencio Lundahan, alleged leader of the Lundahan crime group operating in the northern part of Bukidnon, particularly in the town of Baungon and nearby municipalities.
Police said Lundahan was killed by officers during an operation in Barangay San Vicente, Baungon.
Aside from leading a criminal group, Lundahan was believed to have ties with the New People’s Army (NPA), according to Brig. Gen. Rafael Santiago Jr., police director for northern Mindanao.
Santiago said Lundahan was also engaged in extortion, robbery and gun-for-hire operations, among others.
Santiago said Lundahan had several arrest warrants for serious crimes such as multiple murder.
“He (Lundahan) had been the subject of police manhunt operation because of his high-profile criminal background. Lately, he was monitored to be engaged in extortion, victimizing plantation operators in Bukidnon,” Santiago said.
He said that with Lundahan’s killing, Bukidnon “will be safer.”
Santiago said Lundahan was in a police list of most wanted personalities involved in criminal acts. As such, he was “subject to immediate police operation.”
“A bounty for his arrest had doubled in recent years for the more than a dozen crimes he committed ranging from multiple murder to robbery,” he said.