Three lawless elements were arrested in a combined operation of government troops in Zamboanga Sibugay on March 13.
Security forces arrested Nicanel Maningo, Benhazer Anduhol, and Solaiman Calon in Barangay Tenan, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay at 1pm yesterday.
“They are members of Barahama Alih’s group that is notorious in kidnap for ransom activities and illegal drugs in Zamboanga Sibugay,” said Lieutenant Colonel Don Templonuevo, 44th Infantry Battalion Commander.
The arrest also yielded to the seizure of a caliber M-16 rifle, two handguns, explosives, ammunition, drug paraphernalia, and sachets of suspected shabu weighing 1.5 kilos with an estimated street value of P10.2 Million.
“The neutralization of these lawless elements will significantly reduce the capability of this group in conducting kidnapping and other illegal activities,” said Colonel Bagnus Gaerlan, Jr., 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander.
“We will continue to go after them in order to ensure the safety of the people of Zamboanga Sibugay,” added Colonel Gaerlan.
Combined personnel of 44IB, Philippine National Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, National Bureau of Investigation, and Philippine Coast Guard launched the operation in Tenan.
At 10am yesterday, government forces also arrested Vice Mayor Arafat Salic at Marawi City Hall.
Salic is included in the Office of the Martial Law Administrator Arrest Order dated September 4, 2017 for rebellion case.
Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, Joint Task Force ZamPeLan Commander, ascribed the operational accomplishment to the efforts of 102nd Brigade, 44IB, and law enforcement agencies.
“Our operation with other agencies is relentless in defeating lawless armed groups in order to protect our people,” said Ancan.
Military troops support the ongoing government campaign against illegal drugs and private armed groups in Mindanao.
“We reiterate our commitment and support to police operations to end lawless violence in the regions of Mindanao,” said Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, commander of Western Mindanao Command.
“To this day, we continue to exhaust all efforts to assist our counterparts to bring stability in the area of operations,” he added.