Illegal firearms factory in Maguindanao raided

President Quirino, Sultan Kudarat – A gun repair shop and factory was discovered in a law enforcement operation conducted by the joint elements of 33rd IB, CIDG-BARMM, 4th Special Action Battalion and 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion in Brgy Midconding, GSKP, Maguindanao on June 09, 2019, 8:00 am.

The combined troops were serving warrant of arrest against certain Sukarno Buka @Buba, a BIFF sub-commander with criminal case No. 5255 PQ (17) for attempted murder.

Concerned citizens and barangay officials testified that the suspect was manufacturing firearms and involved in illegal drug activities in GSKP. It is worth noting that Buba and his cohorts were able to do their nefarious activities despite being situated in the midst of MILF communities.

Meanwhile, with the aid of the local populace and barangay officials and detailed coordination with the MILF Ad hoc Joint Action Group, the government troops launched the operation. However, the suspect managed to slip away from the raiding troops.

“The operation was initiated due to several reports of concerned citizens in the community regarding the presence of wanted BIFF members who were engaged in manufacturing illegal firearms and drug dealing activities,” said Ltc. Elmer M. Boongaling, Commanding Officer of 33IB. The government forces seized several unfinished firearms, equipment and ammunitions.

“The seizure of Sukarno Buka’s gunsmithing factory along with the unfinished firearms, equipment and ammunitions greatly degrade the BIFF group’s fighting capability and will serve as a stern warning on the government’s effort to eradicate terrorism and illegal drugs” Col. Efren F. Baluyot, Commander of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade said.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Cirilito E. Sobejana, Commander of the 6th Infantry Kampilan Division lauded the effort of 33IB, CIDG BARMM, 4th SAB and 2nd Mechanized Battalion. “Persistent efforts of the combined troops of the AFP and PNP, and the local residents have resulted to the destruction of gunsmithing, that manifest our dedication to protect the people from armed lawless groups to sustain peace and development in our area of responsibility,” Maj. Gen. Sobejana added