Army, PNP arrest wanted man, seize guns in Sultan Kudarat
9 NPAs yield too
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The members of Charlie Company of 33rd Infantry Battalion led by Cpt Rogelio Agustin Jr and Special Reaction Platoon led by 1st Lt Glenn Neil Ambojnon accompanied the teams of policemen from the towns of Senator Ninoy Aquino and Bagumbayan and the SAF troopers in serving the warrant against a certain Dodong Baylon.
Agustin said that Baylon, the most wanted criminal of SNA town, was the primary target of the operation.
“Baylon is accused of murdering a lumad a few years ago. Our informants told us that he was coddled by a certain Commander Morix, a notorious leader of armed thugs,” said Agustin.
The suspects offered no resistance when policemen, backed by Army soldiers, stormed their hideout.
The operating troops seized 12 firearms including one rocket-propelled grenade, one M16A1 Assault Rifle, two M14 Assault Rifle, 1 Cal 30-06 M1903 Springfield, 1 ea 12 gauge Shotgun, 3 M79 Grenade Launcher, and a Cal .38 revolver.
Police Senior Inspector Ace Christian Sularte, the Chief of SNA police station said that Baylon eluded arrest.“Baylon escaped from our dragnet but we are now receiving tip-offs about his current location. He will be collared very soon,” said Sularte.
Police Chief Inspector Gary Flor Marfil, the Chief of Bagumbayan police, said that Commander Morix Ending has been detained for inquest proceedings.
“He will be charged with illegal possession of firearms and for harboring a criminal,” said Marfil.
NPA Bomber surrenders
In a related development, nine members of the Guerilla Front 73 of the New People’s Army surrendered to Lt Col Harold M Cabunoc, the Commanding Officer of the 33rd Infantry Battalion, at about 6:00pm in Malegdeg village, SNA town.
Among the surrenderees was the trained bomber of the communist armed group, who identified himself as Buloy.
The surrenderees brought with them 6 large size improvised bombs, medical equipment, and subversive materials.
Cabunoc said that the influx of surrenderees is the outcome of an effective collaboration between the military and the civil authorities in addressing the social issues that lured the lumads to join the NPA.
“The local government leaders of Sultan Kudarat have pushed the delivery of social services to the remotest areas of the province. The Army has taken the show of good governance as an excellent platform in winning the support of the people against the hard core communists,” said Cabunoc.
At least 30 members of GF 73 have laid down their arms since May 2017, resulting in the waning influence of the CPP-NPA-NDF in the province.
Sultan Kudarat Governor Sultan Pax S Mangudadatu has provided cash incentives to NPA surrenderees in order to facilitate their gradual return to mainstream society.
Mayor Randy Ecija Jr of SNA town has also offered livelihood and educational assistance to the former rebels who are his constituents.
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