TWO most wanted persons were arrested by security forces in Central Mindanao during simultaneous anti-criminality raids in Sarangani province which also resulted in the confiscation of 14 assorted high-powered firearms on Friday, Police Regional Office 12 director, Brigadier General Alfred S. Corpus announced yesterday.
The suspects were identified as Luis Malila alias ‘Commander ‘Lo’ and Tornica Malila, both farmers from Sitio Datal Lutay in Barangay B’laan, Malungon, Sarangani, said the PRO12 director in a report to Philippine National Police Officer-in-Charge, Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa.
According to Corpus, members of the PRO12 Regional Mobile Force Battalion and the Sarangani Police Provincial Office, with the support of the Army’s 73rd Infantry Battalion simultaneously served five search warrants for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 against the targets early morning Friday.
He said that the two Malilas along with their relatives Nelson and Robert Fiang and Dante Malila are also the subject of two warrants of arrest for murder issued by a local court with no bail recommended. Luis Malila is also the no. 1 most wanted person in Malungon, he added.
Corpus said that Luis Malila yielded one Garand rifle, one 12-gauge shotgun, three homemade shotguns, one air gun and several magazines and live ammunition while Tornica was found in possession of one home-made shotgun and several bullets.
The other suspects are still being hunted as of press time, the official said. Recovered inside their residences were one Garand rifle, four homemade shotguns, an air gun and several live ammunition.
“We have neutralized an armed lawless group involved in cattle-rustling and marijuana cultivation in the quad boundaries of Tampakan, South Cotabato; Colombio, Sultan Kudarat and Malungon, Sarangani,” Corpus said.
The official said that all recovered firearms will be subjected to ballistics examination to determine if they have been used in the commission of previous crimes in the region.