Gov’t forces nab lawless elements, seize firearms in Maguindanao

Government troops nabbed lawless elements and seized high-powered firearms of the group after a joint operation in Maguindanao today, March 30.

Military and police forces nabbed Guiaman Lumbos, Ali Lumbos, Samsudin Lumbos and Digna Lumbos Dirangaren by a search warrant for violation of the comprehensive law on firearms and ammunition in Barangay Langkong, Matanog today.

Troops also seized a Caliber .30 improvised sniper rifle, two M16 assault rifles, an M14 rifle, a Carbine rifle, an M16 rifle with an M203 Grenade Launcher, a hand grenade, ammunition, and magazines.

Government troops were composed of personnel of 37th Infantry Battalion, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-ARMM, and Maguindanao Provincial Police Office.

The suspects and the recovered items are now in the custody of CIDG-ARMM for appropriate filling of cases and disposition.

“The successful operation was made through the collaborative effort and the deliberate planning of security forces in the area of operations,” said Lieutenant Colonel Roberto Go Jr., 37th Infantry Battalion Commanding Officer.

“As an agent in promoting peace and development, the 603rd Infantry Brigade will actively support the law enforcement operation of the police to deter lawless elements from creating amuck and fear in the community,” said Colonel Wilbur Mamawag, 603rd Bde Commander,.

“In the quest for peace and development, unity is the key to success,” said Major General Cirilito Sobejana, Joint Task Force Central Commander.

“The operation would not be accomplished if not for the help of the civilian community who provided vital information,” he added.

“The spate of accomplishments of military and police forces only prove that, if we synergize efforts, we will effect operations with substantial gains. We assure you that this cooperation among security forces will be sustained to effectively address lawless violence in Mindanao” said Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, Western Mindanao Command chief.

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