PANDAG, Maguindanao (DWDD) – Three people were killed in an hour of fierce armed clash Thursday morning between government forces and a group of suspected lawless elements in a town in Maguindanao.
According to Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, commander of the Army’s 33rd Makabayan Battalion, a joint law-enforcement operation with Datu Paglas Police targeted a notorious lawless group allegedly involved in illegal drugs trade and criminality and supposedly headed by a certain Abdulatip Pendaliday alias Kumander Grasscutter.
“Upon arrival at the target area of our troops were met by bursts of gunfire from the enemy position, forcing our men to fire back,” Cabunoc said.
The gun battle that lasted from from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. in Sitio Langat, Barangay Kabuling of Pandag town, left three dead from the enemy’s side identified as Samir Pendaliday (son), Akim Pendaliday (nephew) and an unidentified uncle, he said. 33IB / MCAG