Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Army seizes guns, motorbikes in Sultan Kudarat ops

From the Philippine News Agency (Feb 5, 2019): Army seizes guns, motorbikes in Sultan Kudarat ops

SEIZED. The guns seized from couple-suspects Bai Mashia Sangkai and Amando Ebad during a combined Army-police operation on Monday (Feb. 4) in Barangay Zeneben, Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat. (Photo by 6ID)

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Army troopers and police officers on Monday seized illegal guns from a couple in Lambayong town, Sultan Kudarat province.

Acting on reports from concerned citizens, combined elements of the Army’s 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion (MIB) and the Lambayong municipal police swooped down on the house of the suspects in Barangay Zeneben, Lambayong, arrested the couple and recovered the guns.

Major Arvin John Encinas, spokesperson of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division (ID), said the operation at 5 a.m. resulted in the confiscation of an M-79 grenade launcher and one locally made 12-gauge shotgun from Bai Mashia Sangkai and Amando Ebad.

“Both suspects are now in police custody,” Encinas said.

He told reporters that informants alerted the Army and police about two persons with guns.

“The couple was acting suspiciously in the village,” Encinas said.

Also recovered from the suspects was a motorbike with dubious documents.

In a separate law enforcement operation on the same day, police and soldiers recovered several motorbikes with questionable papers at a checkpoint that was set up in the same village.

The operation led to the recovery of 36 motorcycles that were brought to the Lambayong municipal police station for proper documentation and disposition.

“The cooperation and support of local residents in the area by providing vital information led to the positive result of the operation,” Major Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, 6th ID commander, said.

He commended the 2nd MIB and the Lambayong police for another successful security operation that resulted in the recovery of firearms and undocumented vehicles.

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