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Rizal Alih arrested in Sabah: August 18, 1994

On this day in 1994, authorities in the Malaysian state of Sabah reported that they arrested Filipino fugitive Rizal Alih for murder and illegal possession of firearms.

At the time he was arrested, Rizal Alih is wanted in the Philippines for taking hostage PGen. Eduardo Batalla, Col. Romeo Abendan and 18 others in Camp Cawa-Cawa in Zamboanga City from Jan. 3-5, 1989.

The hostage-taking incident forced Philippine authorities to attack the camp using helicopters, which fired rockets that burned the camp to the ground. All the hostages died in the fire while Alih escaped to Basilan and, later on, smuggled himself inside Malaysian territory. At the time he was arrested in Sabah, Rizal Alih is also wanted for the murder of a Malaysian marine.

Rizal Alih remained in Malaysia custody for more than a decade after he was arrested. He was extradited to the Philippines in 2006 and died in detention at Camp Crame on Aug. 14, 2015.


Top Filipino fugitive caught in Malaysia.” United Press International Archives (August 18, 1994)

Sison, Bebot Jr. and Suerte Felipe, Cecille (August 15, 2015). “Rebel cop Rizal Alih dies in jail at 77.The Philippine STAR

Rizal Alih is dead. Mindanao Examiner. August 15, 2015

Trivia Question:

At the time of the hostage-taking incident, Alih and his co-conspirators were in detention at Camp Cawa-Cawa for alleged involvement in the murder of which local official?

Yesterday’s answer: Romualdo Teodoro de Jesus

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