CAMP EVANGELISTA, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City (DWDD) – By virtue of the two search warrants that were issued by the RTC 10 Branch 43, the 4th Infantry Division Martial Law Special Action Group or 4ID MLSAG composed of personnel from the 4ID, PDEA 10, CIDG 10, PRO 10, and RIC 10 simultaneously launched law enforcement operations in Barangays Pagatpat and Bonbon, both of Cagayan de Oro City which resulted to the successful confiscation of sixteen assorted firearms (3 long and 13 short) and the arrest of one suspect early today, 27 July 2017.
In Barangay Pagatpat, the operation was launched to search the house of a certain Jalaludin Bacaraman Lao. Lao is allegedly linked to gun smuggling in Northern Mindanao. Unfortunately, only Lao’s wife was present during the operation. The team recovered one (1) M4 5.56mm rifle, two (2) cal.45 pistols, one (1) cal.38 pistol, and assorted ammunitions.
It can be recalled that last month, June 29, more or less 8000 ammunitions were intercepted by 4ID MLSAG in a garage of a cargo forwarding office in Brgy Camaman-an, CDOC. According to the witnesses, the items were supposed to be delivered to Marawi City and Lao has a direct involvement on the said transaction.
“Aside from addressing the threat situation, one of the major concerns of the 4ID MLSAG is to stop the proliferation of illegal firearms, ammunitions, and other contrabands in the area. That is why together with the PNP, PDEA, and other Government forces, we are relentless and very deliberate in our action to intercept and to stop any kind of illegal transactions that are aiding the enemy of the state.” Said by Col Adonis Ariel G Orio, 4ID Martial Law Command Center Spokesperson
In Brgy Bonbon, another operation was also launched to implement the search warrant to the residence of a certain Jabar Tago Y Dura and Jamelodeng Tago Y Dura for allegedly possessing illegal firearms. The team recovered the following items: one (1) M4 5.56mm rifle, one (1) AK47 rifle, two (2) cal.40 pistol, five (5) cal.45 pistol, three (3) 9mm pistol, and assorted ammunitions. Said information was tipped-off by a concerned civilian in the area. During the operation, only Jamelodeng and his relatives were present in the compound. He (Jamelodeng) provided documents to justify the legality of the confiscated firearms but all of these will be subject for further verification by the CIDG 10.
MGen Benjamin R Madrigal Jr., 4ID Commander said, “I would like to congratulate our government forces for the very swift execution of these two separate law enforcement operations. We have once again proven our competence in ensuring the safety and security of our people in Cagayan de Oro City.”
“To all people who engage themselves in smuggling and any kind of criminality and illegal activities, stop or else you shall face the full force of the law. People are now more aware of your illegal transactions and it is just a matter of time that the long arm of the law will finally catch up with you.” 4DPAO / MCAG