A soldier and four members of the Civilian Active Auxillary (CAA), assigned at the Lebbung Detachment, were fired upon by undetermined number of alleged Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team members in Barangay Bohe Lebbung, Tipo-Tipo, Basilan in the evening of July 3.
After the incident, the perpetrators reportedly fled towards Sitio Larangay, Buli-Buli, Sumisip, Basilan using motorized pump boats.
Upon receipt of information regarding the said incident, troops of the 18th Infantry Battalion proceeded to the crime scene to pursue the perpetrators and extricate the victims for prompt medical attention.
The incident resulted in the deaths of Private First Class Mark Anthony Monte, CAAs Samy Akay and Alibasa Antaas, and a civilian named Kong Uging.
Further, CAAs Randy Ibung and Gary Cuevas, and civilians identified as Halam Jainul and Hakim Marani were wounded in the incident.
“Per initial investigation conducted by our troops in the area, the motive of the shooting incident is personal grudge between PFC Monte and Karim Manisan, nephew of the barangay chairman of said barangay,” said Brig. Gen. Fernando Reyeg, JTF Basilan Commander.
“Moreover, said dispute between the two was already settled two days ago. However, a few moments before the incident, PFC Monte was invited by Mr. Manisan at his house, more or less 120 meters away from the detachment, where the former and his companions were fired upon by the latter’s group,” Brig. Gen. Reyeg added.
Coordination has been made with Tipo-Tipo PNP for the conduct of thorough investigation and filing of appropriate legal charges against the perpetrators.
“We condemn the killing of our comrade and the innocent victims and extend our sympathy to the bereaved families,” said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, WestMinCom Commander.
“We will make sure that the perpetrators face the consequences of their bastardly acts and the victims are given justice,” Lt. Gen. Sobejana added. WESTERN MINDANAO COMMAND