Thursday, June 8, 2017

Suspected Maute financier shot dead

From Philippine News (Jun 7): Suspected Maute financier shot dead (By John Unson (The Philippine Star)

Suspected Maute financier shot dead

Nago Balindong’s wife Noraya is placed under the custody of PDEA-ARMM. JOHN UNSON

LANAO DEL SUR , Philippines – Lawmen shot dead a suspected drug lord and financier of the Maute group during a firefight in Malabang town before dawn yesterday.

Nago Balindong reportedly tried to shoot it out with lawmen serving an arrest warrant when he was killed at his hideout in Barangay Jose Abad Santos in Malabang.

His wife Noraya Santican Balindong, a barangay official, was arrested after the shootout.

Lawmen recovered several sachets of shabu, a pistol and two grenades.

Officials said Balindong is among the most wanted drug dealers in this province.

Army and police intelligence sources also said Balindong had links with the Maute group.

Captain Arvin Encinas, public affairs officer of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said the anti-narcotics operation also resulted in the arrest of three of Balindong’s henchmen identified as Bocari and Camaloden, both surnamed Balindong, and Tingaraan Boro-Boro.

Encinas said the police acted on information pointing to the hideout of Balindong.

He added military intelligence agents also received information that Balindong is among the financiers of the Maute gunmen now the target of massive military operations in Marawi City.

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