HEAVILY-ARMED agents of the National Capital Region Police Office on Wednesday simultaneously raided six suspected safehouses of the the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Taguig City where they seized several firearms and explosives, NCRPO director.
In a report to Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the NCRPO chief said that a caliber .45 pistol with a loaded magazine and three time-fused electronic blasting caps were recovered inside the house of the 1st target identified as Ben Padao alias ‘Pedro’ in Rizal Street, Upper Bicutan. The suspect was not around during the search.
The raid at the residence of the 2nd target named Radsid Clab Capal alias ‘Abner’ led in the recovery of a loaded cal. .38 revolver.
The raids at the house of three more suspects identified as ‘Capal/Abner,’ Mohammad Arafat Dipatuan alias ‘Ramil’ and Narsudin Silongan alias ‘Datu Silongan’ yielded negative results. Officers who searched another house of Capal in Napindan area failed to find any evidence and make any arrest.
Sinas said that Capal and Padao will be facing charges for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 and RA 9516 or illegal possession of explosives.
“I have ordered a massive hunt for the suspects,” said the official as he bared that the raids were part of their pro-active effort to address criminality and terror threats in Metro Manila. The BIFF has gained notoriety in some parts of Mindanao for their involvement in bombings and extortion activities.