Gov’t forces apprehend lawless elements in Sibugay Province

by Warren Ryan Revoltar

WestMinCom Commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr. stated that AFP-PNP operatives successfully neutralized four lawless elements in Zamboanga Sibugay on Tuesday morning, December 15, 2020.

“The operating troops from the 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company, CIDG 9, Malangas MPS, Naval Task Force 61, 1st Cavalry Battalion, Tactical Operation Wing-Western Mindanao, and Philippine Coast Guard in coordination with the Joint Task Force ZamPeLan conducted a joint law enforcement operation through serving of Search Warrants No. IM-20-275 to 279 issued by Judge Jeric S. Kagaoan of RTC, 9th Judicial Region, Branch 31, Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay Province against the notorious Balimbingan Group in Barangay Tigabon, municipality of Malangas at 5 a.m. today,” said Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr.

“The said operation resulted in the apprehension of four of its members identified as Usman Esmail Balimbingan, Toto Lawadin Balimbingan, Mujahid Sensi Balimbingan, and Alih Sensi Balimbingan,” Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr. added.

102nd Infantry Brigade Commander Col. Leonel Nicolas said that the Balimbingan Group is involved in piracy, extortion, gun running, kidnapping, and illegal drug trade in the Zamboanga Peninsula.

Recovered from the apprehended personalities’ possession were one M16 Rifle, one KG9-Sub Machine Gun, and four Pistols.

JTF ZamPeLan Commander Maj. Gen. Generoso Ponio commended the operating troops for the successful operation.

“Let us continue to tread the road towards peace together,” said Maj. Gen. Ponio.

The apprehended personalities and recovered items were bought to CIDG 9 headquarters in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay Province for proper filing of cases and appropriate disposition.

“We will continue to intensify our intelligence and focused operations to eliminate all terrorists and lawless elements in our area of operation,” Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr. further said. — Western Mindanao Command

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