PRIOR to his arrest on Sunday night, Mohammad Ali Tambako, tagged by the military as the leader of the terrorist group Justice for Islamic Movement (JIM) could have been planning to conduct bombings in General Santos City, according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
This after government forces found bomb-making materials including detonating cords assorted wires, blasting caps, Christmas light bulbs, SIM cards and improvised circuit boxes inside the house that was occupied by Tambako before he and four of his men were arrested.
Combined elements of the Intelligence Security Group of the Philippine Army, the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) and the Army’s Explosives, Ordnance and Demolition Team conducted the search operations in the house in Doña Soledad Subdivision, Barangay Labangan, General Santos City where the bomb components were recovered.
“It is believed that Tambako and his men were planning to carry out bombings in the said area,” said Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, chief of the AFP Public Affairs Office.
The PNP-CIDG is set to file criminal charges against the Tambako and his cohorts Edio Gayak, Datukan Sato Sabiwang, Ali Valley Ludisima, Ibrahim Manap Kapina, and Abusahma Badrudin Guiamil.
PNP Spokesman, Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr., told re[potters in a press briefing in Camp Crame in Quezon City (Metro Manila) on Tuesday afternoon that the six will be facing charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives.
"They were turned over to the CIDG for appropriate legal actions. [Tambako]has standing warrants of arrests for murder and double murder. And at 6:30 pm Monday he was inquested for additional case of illegal possession of firearms and explosives,” he added.
Fight vs BIFF
In the ongoing all-out offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), the AFP said another bandit was killed during an encounter on Monday.
This brought to 117 the number of BIFF killed since the government launched the relentless operations against bandits and terrorists in Mindanao. Sixty three other bandits were also reportedly wounded and 10 others arrested.
At 6:15 p.m. Monday, the dead BIFF member was turned over to the Maguindanao police. He was later identified as a certain Karie Uga Dia, 18. He was claimed by his parents Kagi Dia and Kalimadak Uda Dia.
As of Tuesday, reports reaching Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City said more clashes have occurred in Maguindanao since Sunday and Monday.
The 6th Marine Company and Special Operations Platoon 5, led by while conducting combat operations in the vicinity of Barangay Pusao and Barangay Tina, Sharif Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao, encountered undetermined number of BIFF members at around 10:10 a.m. on Sunday.
Government troops were able to recover one M79 Grenade Launcher with Serial Number 149364 with three 40 mm ammunition, 40 mm ammunition bandoleer, and a steel helmet.
At around 12:45 p.m. Monday, operating troops from 48th Marine Company deployed in Barangay Pusao caught sighted more or less 15 fully-armed BIFF members creeping or maneuvering toward their location. Operating troops immediately engaged in a one-hour firefight.
The 8th Marine Battalion and 6th Marine Battalion, which were also deployed in the area, immediately provided indirect fire support to the engaged troops. Command Group Alpha immediately dispatched Special Operations Platoon 8 and 1 Platoon from the 28th Marine Company with three armored vehicles that conducted Tank-Infantry operations to reinforce the troops.
WITH REPORT FROM ANTHONY VARGAS