Four individuals were apprehended by state forces in Datu Salibo, Maguindanao for illegal possession of firearms, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) said.
In a statement, the AFP-WesMinCom identified the suspects as Mike Guipal Badrudin, Nadia Kero, Arbaiya Bangkong Mustapha, and Ali Ebrahim Ebrahim.
The military said the four arrested persons were cohorts of Jaybee Mastura alias Abu Naim who was the target of the operation jointly conducted by the AFP and the Philippine National Police.
The operating team was supposed to serve a search warrant against Mastura for violation of Republic Act 9516, or “an Act further amending the provisions of Presidential Decree no. 1866, as amended, entitled codifying the laws on illegal/unlawful possession, manufacture, dealing in, acquisition or disposition of firearms, ammunition or explosives or instruments used in the manufacture of firearms, ammunition or explosives, and imposing stiffer penalties for certain violations thereof, and other relevant purposes.”
While the operating troops moved to the target house, the suspect managed to escape and evade arrest. His cohorts, however, were nabbed by authorities.
Seized from their possession were two Winchester M14 rifles, one Elisco M16 rifle, one Cal. 45 pistol with magazine, one BRB423 Fragmentation Grenade, 30 rounds of 5.56 ammunition, three rounds of .45 ammunition, one M14 magazine, one M16 magazine, two magazine pouches, and one Samsung A20 box.
Joint Task Force Central Commander Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy said the military will continue to support the law enforcement operations of the PNP.
“The Joint Task Force Central and 6th Infantry Division will never cease to support the joint law enforcement operations to lessen the presence of lawless armed groups in our area of operation. I also would like to commend the troops for the successful operations today,” Uy added.
The apprehended personalities and confiscated items were brought to the CIDG office for filing of appropriate charges and proper disposition, the AFP WesMinCom reported.
WestMinCom Commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr. said the operation “exemplifies that good interagency collaboration and cooperation is tantamount to the preservation of peace and order in the communities.”