Police Regional Office ARMM under the direct supervision of its Regional Director, PCSUPT Reuben Theodore C Sindac and led by PSSUPT Rolando Anduyan, the Deputy Regional Director for Operations together with the RPSB, 103rd SAC, 1SAB PNP SAF, PDEA ARMM and Lanao Sur PPO conducted a One Time Big Time simultaneous service of search warrants Nr 2017-03-16 to 21 issued by Hon. Alandrex M. Betoya, Presiding Judge of Region 12, Judicial Region, Branch 15 for violation RA 9165, RA 10591 and RA 9516 against Mayor Gambao Molok Abinal of Maguing, Lanao del Sur and Hakim Abinal on 3:53 AM, March 7, 2017 at Brgys. Basak Malutlut & Raya Saduc, Marawi City Lanao del Sur. The implementation of Search Warrants resulted in the arrest of Noraldine P Macausog, Pundato Potawan (father-in-law of Hakim Abinal) and Al Rashid M Dagdagan and confiscation of (a) one M16A1 Rifle SN: RP033411 with one short alloy magazine (b) one BERSA cal .45 SN: B85753 with four (4) steel magazine (c) one BERETTA cal .25 pistol SN: DAA032974 (d) one Rifle Grenade (f) one Rifle Night Vision Scope (g) hand held radio, (h) one pistol holster (i) one infrared laser,(j) one magnifier scope (k) assorted peso bills and MOL 20 pcs. bonnets (l) eight sachets of suspected Shabu (m) one unit of Toyota Hilux with Plate No. AAD 6408 (for verification) (n) one 5.56 K2 rifle with SN: 097084 (o) one Cal 40 STI Edge SN: CM10979 (p) one Cal 45 P1T-45 Para Ordnance SN: RG117855 (q) one CZ 75 Phantom Cal 9MM A45 2532 (r) Assorted magazines and ammunitions (s) one Night Vision scope (t) three Cellphones & one (1) Camera (u) one Bandolier with pistol and magazine holsters and 2 rifle bags (v) two TYT handheld radios and (w) one PNB Bank Book with outstanding balance of 29,804,484.52 pesos.
Killed in the operation were Cairodin Anto and Pango Anto who open fired the troops upon their arrival in the area. Another suspect, Baulo Anto, was able to escape the police and is wounded according to the witnesses.
Mayor Abinal and Hakim Abinal are High Value Targets in the list of drug personalities and are monitored to have a direct link with the Maute Group by providing them financial support through their illegal drug trade.
The operations was also participated by Marawi CPS, Maguing MPS, CIDG ARMM, RIU 15, JSOG AFP, 103 Brigade PA and 65th IB PA. (PSI MARCILLE M MANZANO)