Police Regional Office 12 – As a result of Intensified Law Enforcement Operation conducted on December 29, 2021 at Brgy. Gokotan, Pikit, Cotabato, operating units of PRO 12, under the leadership of PBGEN ALEXANDER C TAGUM, Regional Director, were able to seize more than 400 units of assorted motorcycles. At about 3:00 AM of the said date, joint elements of this PRO together with 602nd Brigade of 6ID, Philippine Army and it’s sub-units 90IB, 34IB & 62DRC were gathered by PBGEN TAGUM to serve a Warrant of Arrest against Joel Manampan a.k.a. Maula Manampan for a crime of murder case, listed as Most Wanted Person with monetary reward of Php175,000.00 and reportedly residing at the aforementioned place.

Upon reaching the said place, they were fired upon by the subject and other unidentified cohorts which resulted to a firefight.As a result, four PNP personnel were wounded and five suspected cohorts of Joel Manampan identified Badrudin Masulot Dalid, Mudgiahed Saligan Hamsa, Arbaya Dalid Panisares, Asraf Dalid Masulot and Bunta Kabunto were neutralized.

On the other hand, Mohidin Dalagonan Mantok was arrested for illegal possession of firearms.During the clearing of the area, the operating unit discovered more than 400 units of assorted motorcycles hidden inside a makeshift warehouse and assorted IED components.Immediately, the wounded personnel were immediately brought to the nearest hospital for medical intervention and the bodies of the suspects were turned-over to their respective families for Islamic Funeral Customs.

Recovered from the scene were more than 400 units of motorcyles, assorted IED components and firearms. Subsequently, recovered motorcycles were turned-over to Cotabato Police Provincial Office ground in Amas, Kidapawan City while assorted IED components and firearms were turned-over to the Regional Forensic Unit of this PRO.PBGEN TAGUM is stern in his intensified implementation of Oplan: IRON CLAD Region XII which aims to deter the occurrence of crimes and ensure the safety and security of our communities.“PRO 12’s unwavering commitment and dedication to duty is a manifestation that we are serious in eliminating all forms of criminalities and illegal activities in our community.

May this serve as a warning to all law offenders, as they will not be tolerated, and will face the charges that they deserve,” PBGEN TAGUM warned.