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Bomb expert of BIFF was killed in the AFP-PNP operation in Cotabato City

CAMP SIONGCO, Awang, DOS, Maguindanao – The Joint AFP-PNP Operatives successfully arrested the bomb expert of the BIFF-Karialan Faction on Friday afternoon (May 26, 2023) after the arrest warrant was served in the vicinity of the Cotabato Regional Medical Center, Barangay Rosary Heights 10, Cotabato City.

Recognized by 90IB Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Rowel Gavilanes the suspect Kuntong Basilan alias Tong Basilan and Michael Basilan who have two cases of Double Murder and Multiple Frustrated Murder and a case of Arson filed against him in the local court.

Lt. added. Col. Gavilanes that the operation was jointly conducted by the 90IB, 34IB, PNP-SAF and CIDG Maguindanao Provincial Field Unit.

The arrested suspect is also a known bomb expert, a confidant of the late Ameril Umbra Kato and triggerman of Kumander Paradise.

Major General Alex Rillera, Commander of the Joint Task Force Central and 6th Infantry (Kampilan) Division confirmed that it is also involved in some violence not only against uniformed personnel but also against civilians.

“Based on our information, the suspect was involved in a gun-for-hire, harassment and landmine attack on a military installation in Sitio Risingan, Dungguan, Aleosan, Cotabato; burning of civilian properties in Sitio Poypoyon, Dungguan, and Bagolibas, Aleosan and Baliki, Midsayap, Cotabato in 2008, and a series of shooting incidents targeting the PNP and AFP in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao del Norte in 2019 to 2020.

“Your AFP and PNP will continue to work to eliminate threats to peace and maintain order in Central and South Central Mindanao”, said Maj. Gen. Rillera.

The accused is currently in the custody of the CIDG Maguindanao for appropriate disposition.

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