LANAO DEL SUR – Personnel of Amai Manabilang Municipal Police Station arrested alleged member of New People Army (NPA) for Illegal Possession of Firearms and Explosives on April 25, 2021 at Barangay Lambanogan, Amai Manabilang, Lanao Del Sur.
Amai Manabilang Municipal Police Station identified the suspect as Heldo Sayungan Abuanga aka Ka Sandag, male, single, a farmer, and a resident of Tikalaan, Bukidnon. Report from PNP informants and Intelligence operatives said that a group of illegal loggers and alleged NPA Members armed with unknown firearms are set to transport lumbers from Barangay Pagunayon to Barangay Lambanogan of the said municipality. Immediately, elements from Amai Manabilang MPS established PNP Anti Criminality Checkpoint wherein the suspect riding horse loaded with cut lumbers was successfully intercepted.
The troops recovered pieces of evidence from the suspect's possessions are; one (1) M4 Rifle; one (1) fragmented grenade; four (4) magazine loaded with sixty-eight (68) rounds of 5.56 caliber ammunition; Caliber 45 pistol with loaded with a magazine containing seven (7) ammunition; and magazine bandolier.
The initial investigation revealed that suspect was a member of NPA under SRC 4, Team Squad Medic operating in Amai Manabilang, Lanao Del Sur and Talakag, Bukidnon which is allegedly involved in the ambush of then PBGen Joselito Salido, Deputy Director for DIPO Eastern Mindanao last January 29, 2019 at Barangay Rikalaan, Bukidnonn.
PBGEN Eden T Ugale, Regional Director, PRO BAR, lauds the operating personnel of Amai Manabilang Municipal Police Station for this successful arrest of NPA member. He appreciates the active cooperation and support of the public by providing timely and relevant information to the police. He further encourages the community to take part in PRO BAR’s anti-criminality and terrorism campaign.