CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur – One was killed while three were arrested in a joint law enforcement operation by the Army’s 5th Mechanized Infantry Battalion and the PNP in Brgy Abaga, Nunungan, Lanao del Norte 4:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

The killed personality was identified as Samolabao Tumog, known as alias SB, a former Barangay Chairman of Rebucon of the same municipality.

“Samolabao Tumog was neutralized in a follow-up operation after the apprehension of the three drug suspects”, said Lt. Col. Rolando Orengo, Commanding Officer of the 5th Mechanized Infantry Battalion.

Government troops were about to serve the search warrant when Samolabao Tumog warned them not to enter his house and immediately fired his M-16 rifle that resulted into the wounding of one Army personnel.

Wounded trooper was immediately evacuated and brought to the nearest hospital for medical treatment.

The three arrested were identified as, Jalal Diambarang Tumog, Pano Tumog and Hami Tumog and are now under the PNP custody for filing of appropriate charges.

Troops also recovered one M16 rifle, two rifle grenades, one hand grenade, magazines and ammunitions.

“The neutralization of these drug personalities will significantly reduce the criminalities in our area of operation,” said Brig. Gen. Ezra James Enriquez, 2nd Mechanized Brigade Commander who has operational jurisdiction over Lanao del Norte Province.

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, commander of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division lauded the efforts of 5th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, 2nd Mechanized Brigade and the PNP for the successful neutralization of drug personalities.

“Our joint law enforcement operation with other government forces is relentless in order to protect our people from lawless elements and sustain the peace and development in our area of responsibility, “added Ancan.