Sultan Kudarat, MAGUINDANO- Pendatun Talusan, a.k.a "PENS" with a standing Warrants of Arrest with Criminal Case No. 2020-112702 for the crime of Carnapping; Warrant of Arrest with Criminal Case No 2020-11719 for the crime of Robbery with Homicide; Warrant of Arrest with Criminal Case No. 2020-11718 for the crime of Double Frustrated Murder; issued by RTC 12 Branch 27, Cotabato City presided by Hon. Judge Kasan K Abdulrakman dated October 2, 2020 and Search Warrant No. 21-225 and 21-226 for violation of R.A. 10591 (Illegal Possession of firearms and ammunition) issued by Hon. Allan Edwin P. Boncavil, Acting Presiding Judge of RTC 12th Judicial Region Branch 19, Isulan, Sultan Kudarat dated January 18, 2021 were neutralized along with his armed group during a Law Enforcement Operation of joint Tracker Team & Search Warrant operatives consisting of one (1) section of 44SAC, one (1) section of 41SAC, 4SAB in joint effort with RID PROBAR, CIDG-BAR, RMFB 14, Sultan Kudarat MPS and Phil. Marines MBLT2 around 3:00 AM of January 23, 2021 at Brgy. Limbo, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.
The said operation resulted to a firefight when members of the armed group engaged the assaulting team of Special Action Force (SAF) after Datu Pendatun Talusan resisted the arrest. The said engagement resulted to the death of 12 members from the armed group of Talusan. Recovered from the scene are Five (5) M16, one (1) M14, 1Pal, one (1) Improvised Barret and one (1)Cal 22 rifles, and two (2) Cal 45 pistols.
The incident also resulted to one killed in action (KIA) in the government troops identified as PSSg Elenel Pido while PCPT RONILLO R DALIGDIG JR, Pat Cayl Jun E Gonzales, John-Ryan Aquino, and PCpl Gyvard Bando were all wounded - all personnel of 4th SAB. All injured victims were immediately brought to Notre Dame Hospital Cotabato City for medical treatment but PSSg Pido has been declared DOA by attending physician.
Further investigation disclosed that Talusan have numerous involvement in illegal activities such as: Shooting and illegal drug trade incidents in Cotabato City, Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao Province; Carnapping, Robbery and a number of extortion in the AOR; Talusan is also involved in Gun-for-Hire activities, one of his victim was the former Barangay Chairman of Brgy Limbo, Sultan, Kudarat Maguindanao.
After the clearing operation in the said barangay, PBGEN Samuel P Rodriguez, RD, PROBAR checked the area and personally asses the peace and order in Brgy. Limbo, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. He also visited the wounded operatives at Notre Dame Hospital Cotabato City.
Police Regional Office of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region is now on alert status and making sure the safety of the citizens in the area. Thorough investigation is still on going to identify the real identities of the members of the armed group that engaged the SAF Troopers and PRO BAR operatives with the Phil. Marines MBLT2.