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The Lanao Del Sur Police Provincial Office is now conducting thorough investigation on the two successive incidents transpired at the municipalities of Madamba and Madalum, involving 1st Company, 55IB, PA.

          Initial investigation conducted by LDS PPO disclosed that around 4:00 PM of November 26, 2020 at Brgy. Bawang, Madamba, LDS, 1 UH-1D Utility Helicopter arrived at landing zone of Brgy. Bawang, Madamba, LDS for the medical evacuation of the 3 wounded personnel and 1 KIA of 1st Company, 55IB, PA.

          While taking off, said helicopter accidentally crashed after retrieving the wounded and KIA personnel of the said unit. SP/55IB and 1/C/55IB secured the crash site, rescued the survivors, and retrieved the cadaver of the KIA personnel onboard the helicopter.

          55 Infantry Battalion, PA troops were able to rescue 3 WIA, 2 pilots, 5 crew and the cadaver of late PFC Percibal J Bagbag 926022 (Inf) PA who expired before the helicopter arrived.

          On November 26, 2020 at about 9:55 AM, an IED explosion was triggered by Pvt. Norven M Manlupig, PA at vicinity of Brgy. Lilitun, Madalum, LDS that resulted to a minor injury on his left small finger. Pvt. Manlupig is in combat patrol operation with the Scout Platoon of 1st Company, 55th IB, PA. Troops recovered the IED paraphernalia and Troops continued scouring the area for possible enemy’s presence.

          Lanao Del Dur PPO is now closely monitoring the said incident. Aside from the conduct of investigation, LDS PPO is also securing the safety of the residents of the said barangays