Firearms, ammunition seized in joint law enforcement operation in Sulu


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Combined elements from the Joint Task Force Sulu, different intelligence units, and Sulu PNP conducted a joint law enforcement operation on February 9, 2022, to execute a search warrant issued by Hon. Shene Canete, Acting Presiding Judge, 9th Judicial Region, Branch 4, Parang, Sulu against Abu Sayyaf Group member Muksidal Jumadil.

Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., Commander of Western Mindanao Command said that operating troops proceeded to Barangay Kan Mindus, Luuk, Sulu to implement the search warrant for violation of Republic Act 10591 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act against the abovementioned personality. Sensing the arrival of the government forces, Jumadil open-fired and fled in the direction of Barangay Tangkuan, Omar, Sulu.

According to Brig. Gen. Antonio Bautista, Jr., Acting Commander of Joint Task Force Sulu, operating troops are in pursuit of the fleeing terrorist.

Meanwhile, a search was done at the residence of Jumadil and this was witnessed by Barangay Chairman Patta Putuh Bangalan of Kan Mindus. The search was executed together with the personnel of CIDG9 as videographer pursuant to the rules on the use of Body-Worn Cameras in the execution of Warrants (A.M. No. 21-06-08 SC) issued by the Supreme Court which took effect on August 1, 2021.

Firearms and ammunition were recovered by the searching elements at the target’s house. These include one Winchester M14 rifle with three metal magazines, sixty 7.62mm live ammunition, one 9mm pistol with metal magazine and seven live ammunition, and one bandolier. Confiscated items are now under the custody of CIDG9 for proper disposition.

“Your armed forces and other line agencies are working doubly to sustain our gains in peace and development in this part of the country. With everybody’s cooperation we are confident that the law enforcement efforts we launched together with our partners will reap more successes in the coming days,” Lt. Rosario, Jr. stated.


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