A CENTRAL Mindanao-wide ‘One Time, Big Time’ anti-criminality operation on Monday left four armed suspects dead following gunbattles with officers and 181 others arrested for various criminal offenses, Police Regional Office 12 director, Brigadier General John Michael F. Dubria told the Journal Group yesterday.
“This is part of our stepped-up enforcement of the campaign against criminality specifically drugs, most wanted persons and loose firearms in the region as ordered by Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco Gamboa,” the PRO12 director said.
According to Dubria, the simultaneous anti-crime raids from 1 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday saw members of the PRO12 Regional Intelligence Division, Regional Drug Enforcement Unit, Regional Mobile Force Battalion and the General Santos City Police Office and the Sultan Kudarat, North Cotabato, Sarangani and Cotabato Police Provincial Offices simultaneous serving search warrants and warrants of arrests as well as conducting anti-narcotics operations.
Those operations in General Santos City and the four other provinces resulted in the arrest of 181 felons and the killing of four armed suspects, two of them included in the Inter-Agency Drug Information Database of the PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Dubria said also recovered during the operations were 21 assorted illegal firearms including four caliber .45 pistols, one cal. .38 revolver, three 12-gauge shotguns, one 9mm Uzi machine pistol, dozens of assorted live ammunition, five hand grenades and 179 heat-sealed plastic sachets containing around 53 grams of shabu worth nearly P340,000, some P10,000 worth of dried marijuana leaves and buy-bust money.
The PRO12 director said appropriate criminal charges are set to be filed against the arrested suspects.
Monday’s operation came two days after PRO12 operatives gunned down three armed most wanted persons in an operation in Pandag, Maguindanao, Dubria said.
Dubria identified the slain suspects as Tongal Usop, a murder suspect tagged as the no. 1 most wanted person in Panday; Mohajirin Usop alias’ Bakotoy,’ the subject of a warrant of arrest for two counts of frustrated murder and identified as the 8th most wanted person in the same municipality; and Mohamiden Dagadas.
The official said the three, all residents of Purok 6 in Barangay Sinakulay in President Quirino, Sultan Kudarat exchanged fire with officers about to arrest them in their hideout in Bgy. Malangit in Panday last Saturday morning prompting the lawmen to retaliate.
The three were pronounced dead upon arrival in a local hospital by an attending physician. Recovered from their possession were one home-made pistol with a 12-gauge shotgun ammunition; a home-made caliber .38 revolver with four bullets and a fragmentation grenade.
According to Dubria, members of the Sultan Kudarat Police Provincial Office headed by Colonel Noel Kinazo led the operation with the help of the Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat PPOs, the Pandag Municipal Police Station and the Regional Intelligence Unit 15.