Mamasapano farmer returns helmet, radio of Fallen 44

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SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao: Police authorities in Maguindanao are expecting more personal items, gadgets and equipment of the Fallen 44 to be turned to the government after a farmer who asked not to be named for security reason handed over three items of slain police commandos in the January 25 Mamasapano debacle.

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Senior Supt. Rodelio Jocson, Maguindanao police chief, said the farmer brought the items to the police office bringing with him three items he found in the battlefield in Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

“He was a farmer living in Barangay Tukanalipao. He asked not to be named for security reason,” Jocson said of the farmer who turned over a SAF Kevlar helmet, a two-way radio set and ballistic plate of bullet proof vest.

The items are now at the police provincial office in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao.

Jocson said the farmer was among those who arrived at the encounter site between PNP Special Action Force and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Barangay Tukanalipao.

The farmer said several other villagers also took the fallen policemen’s items like guns, mobile phones, comouflage uniforms and combat shoes.

“I hope other villagers or the MILF and BIFF will return the items owned by the slain policemen,” Jocson said.

Forty-four commandos, 18 Moro rebels and four civilians were killed in a police operation that also killed Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan.

His Filipino cohort, Abdul Basit Usman, escaped but was seriously wounded. PNA

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