Combined government forces of Buluan Municipal Police and 40th Infantry Battalion clashed with the armed lawless group (ALG) in Buluan, Maguindanao on Friday afternoon, August 14, 2020.
Two men were killed from the armed lawless group after more than 2 hours of firefight with the government troops who were about to serve a warrant of arrest in Barangay Siling of Buluan town while the leader of the group and his men managed to escape.
The ALG was led by a certain Taugan Mangudadatu, a fugitive and highly dangerous with around 35 followers armed with high powered firearms. Taugan has an existing warrants of arrest for murder where he is the primary suspect for the killings of Faisal Buisan, Mandy Bunsalagan, Diego Bunsalagan, Pongga Ibus, Sukarno Puden, and Peter Domrique.
After the firefight, troops from 40th IB searched the area and recovered M16 rifle, M653 rifle, magazines with ammunition, bandoliers, backpacks and subversive documents. Also a dead body of one of the member of the ALG was recovered.
The following day, troops discovered another body and found an M60 general purpose machine gun and an M16 rifle after a thorough search at the encounter site.
“The 40th Infantry Battalion will always be running after those ruthless armed groups in our area of operation. We will not stop until the people we have sworn to protect are living a good and peaceful lives.” said Lt. Col. Gabi, Commanding Officer of 40th Infantry Battalion.
Brig. Gen. Roy M. Galido, Commander of 601st Brigade, expressed his gratitude to the troops of 40IB and Buluan Municipal Police for their accomplishments as their hard work has paid off.
Further, the 6th Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen Diosdado C. Carreon commended the operating troops for maintaining law and order in their area of operation, which plays a big role in the overall peace and order in the region. 6th Infantry Division