Joint operatives of PRO BAR SITG “GOV. ADIONG” and 5th Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army, neutralized the notorious criminal Gang Leader (DI-Listed), Oscar “Tacmar” Capal Gandawali, during the service of warrants of arrest for his crimes of two (2) frustrated murder and seven (7) murder cases on May 3, 2023 in Brgy Pilimoknan, Maguing, Lanao del Sur.

Oscar “Tacmar” Capal Gandawali was the primary suspect in the February 17, 2023 ambush of Lanao Del Sur Governor, Gov. Mamintal A Adiong Jr. which resulted in the wounding of the latter and one (1) civilian, and the killing of three (3) police personnel, as well as the October 2018 ambush that killed five (5) PDEA agents. He was tagged as the Top 1 Most Wanted Person in Municipal and Provincial Levels, and Top 4 in Regional Level. The gang is also involved in Gun Running, Robbery Hold-up, and proliferation of illegal drugs operating in Lanao Del Sur and adjacent provinces. They are also known to be financier/supported of ISIS inspired rebels in the area.

According to Lanao del Sur Police Provincial Office, while serving the warrants of arrest, Gandawali opened fire on the operating units, injuring SSg Nio Mickhael Angelo Y Virecio, PA, and the Barangay Chairman of Brgy Pilimoknana, Maguing LDS, forcing them to retaliate. Following a brief firefight, the suspect was neutralized.

Recovered from the scene were different types of firearms and ammunition; transparent plastic sachets containing shabu with a total weight of 13.216 grams amounting to Php 89,868; and other drug paraphernalia.

Recovered pieces of evidence are now in the custody of Maguing MPS for documentation and a thorough investigation has been launched with the support of the Lanao del Sur Provincial Forensic Unit (LDS PFU) for crime processing.

The injured SSg Virecio was rushed to Amaipakpak Medical Center and is now in a stable condition, while Barangay Chairman Manonggiring was taken to Maguing Rural Health Unit for medical treatment.

“I congratulate all the operating units for this successful operation against the leader of this notorious Gandawali group. This accomplishment highlights our serbisyong nagkakaisa through aggressive and honest law enforcement operations: anti-criminality campaign, anti-illegal drugs campaign, and anti-terrorism and insurgency campaign. Ipagpapatuloy po natin ang paghahanap sa natitira pang suspects ng mabigyan natin ng hustisya ang mga naging biktima ng grupong ito.” -PBGEN ALLAN C NOBLEZA, RD, PRO BAR.