An Army official, who was considered to be the Abu Sayyaf Group's Number One enemy for wreaking havoc on the terrorist group a decade ago, was killed in Zamboanga City over the weekend.
Lieutenant Colonel Cristobal Julian Paulo Perez of the 1st Infantry Division was shot dead by still-unidentified gunmen aboard a motorcycle, GMA News reported.
Perez was reportedly outside his home in Barangay Guiwan where he was enjoying Father’s Day with his family when the assailants gunned him down. He was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival by medical staff.
Meanwhile, authorities recovered empty shells of a .45 caliber pistol in the crime scene. An investigation is ongoing to establish the motive for the crime.
Perez was a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy class of 1993. He also became a security officer to incoming National Security Adviser and former Armed Forces of the Philippines chief retired General Hermogenes Esperon.
Among his notable achievements took place during his time as commander of the 18th Infantry Battalion where he faced the ASG in various skirmishes in the Basilan province from 2000 to 2004.