by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
Image courtesy of PNP Regional Office ARMM
LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines – Eight suspects in the ambush of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents in Kapai, Lanao del Sur on October 5 have already been identified by the Philippine National Police (PNP).
According to a PNP spot report, the suspects are as follows:
1) Oscar Capal Gandawali,
2) Palawan Salem Macalabo,
3) Lala Lolo Amboloto,
4) Jamal Lolo Amboloto,
5) Mizangcad Panonde Gandawali,
6) Aiman Guro Gandawali,
7) Jamel Borar A.K.A Memekan,
8) William Gandawali
Cases of multiple murder and double frustrated murder have been filed against the suspects.
The group is believed to have links to a certain Comayog Macapagal of Tagoloan, Lanao Del Sur, who was among the drug personalities in the narcolist of Marawi City Police.
Macapagal was killed in a shootout with personnel from the Lanao Del Sur Provincial Police Office in a buy bust operation in Marawi City last August 8, 2018.
According to reports, Macapagal’s relatives have threatened to retaliate against government troops.
Macapagal’s nephew, Oscar Capal Gandawali, organized his close relatives to execute their revenge.
Below is the relationship of the suspects to Comayog Macapagal:
William Comayog Gandawali, the incumbent barangay chairman of Inudaran, Tagoloan ll, is Macapagal’s older brother.
Oscar Gandawali is the son of William Comayug Gandawali and a nephew of Macapagal.
Aiman Gandawali is the son of Macapagal and also William’s nephew.
Siblings Lala Lolo Amboloto and Jamal Lolo Amboloto; Palawan Salem Macalabo; and Mizangkad Panonde Gandawali are all nephews of Comayog Macapagal from another sibling.
Jamel Borar a.k.a. Memekan is a relative by affinity and an identified associate of Macapagal in illegal drugs trade.
The PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are now conducting an investigation and massive intelligence operations to know the whereabouts of the suspects and two other unidentified personalities believed to also be next of kin. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
by Maris Federez | Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2019
The Philippine National Police has lowered its alert status as the election period comes to an end.
PNP spokesperson PCol. Bernard Banac said only a few areas that have reports of the presence of threat groups such as the Abu Sayyaf, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and communist groups, are still on full alert.
These include Police Regional Office 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Banac, however, stressed that these areas are not under security threat.
“Wala namang security threat sa naturang mga lugar, nakafull alert pa din ang mga lugar na yun dahil martial law,” Banac said.
Banac added the past election period has been generally peaceful and validated election-related incidents had been low as compared with the 2016 Presidential Elections. (with reports from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf
by Maris Federez | Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban will come to a close as the election period ends tomorrow, (June 12).
This gives way for gun owners to carry firearms outside of their homes as long as they have the permit to do so.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recorded more than six thousand violators of the gun ban since it was launched on January 13.
More than five thousand guns and close to fifty thousand deadly weapons were confiscated by the authorities.
PNP spokesperson PCol Bernard Banac said, “lahat ng mga ito ay nakalaboso at sinampahan ng kaukulang kaso. Doon naman sa mga pulis na lumabag ay meron po silang kinakaharap ngayon na kasong administratibo dahil sa paglabag sa ating mg alituntunin at patakaran [all of them were detained and were filed cases against. The police officers who violated (the gun ban), are now facing administrative cases for violating our rules and regulations].” (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf
by Maris Federez | Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) presented to the media on Tuesday (June 11) six alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) who were arrested in separate operations last month.
The NBI said that the six were arrested in Taguig City, Balanga City in Bataan, and Zamboanga City on May 16 and 20.
NBI spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin said, “the six arrested were involved in various terrorist activities, ranging from ambush, kidnap for ransom, bombing in Southern Philippines, and recruitment of other members.”
He added that the arrest stemmed from the intelligence reports that they gathered and have led them to the whereabouts of Azmier Maalum in Taguig City.
The joint operations of the NBI, the Philippine Navy (PN) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) had led to the arrest of Maalum, along with Amar Assan, Musa Tahil Sampang, Jamil Ibrahim, Yong Aming, and Majuk Tahil Amil.
Maalum has several warrants of arrest for eight counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention of Golden Harvest plantation workers in Basilan in 2001, while Sampang was involved in several bombing incidents also in Basilan.
The NBI said the six had been recruiting members in Metro Manila. (with reports from April Cenedoza) /mbmf
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