Police Director General Alan LM Purisima the Chief of the Philippine National Police inspects the firearms recovered from 3 NPA rebels killed in an encounter in Tuao, Cagayan with members of the Cagayan Provincial Public Safety Company with no casualty was reported on the government side. (PNP photo)
The Chief PNP Director General Alan Purisima inspects the firearms recovered from 3 NPA rebels killed in an encounter in Tuao, Cagayan with members of the Cagayan Provincial Public Safety Company with no casualty was reported on the government side. (PNP photo)

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao – Government security forces on Thursday seized at least twelve (12) high-powered firearms and assorted ammunitions during the conduct of search warrant at Sitio Lab, Barangay Kuloy, Shariff Aguak in Maguindanao.

Prior to the recovery, a few minutes of gun fighting ensued between the police and army against the suspected private armed groups in the area about 10:30 in the morning.

The PNP and AFP troops were also able to secure two (2) houses which were the subject of the search warrant resulting to the arrest of two PAG members and the killing of Maguindanao Massacre suspect Datu Dainga Ampatuan.

PNP Spokesperson, PCSupt Generoso Cerbo Jr., said 5 policemen and one military personnel were wounded in the said firefight including the Officer-In-Charge of the Regional Operations and Plans Division (ROPD/R3) of Police Regional Office ARMM, Police Superintendent Julius Coyme, who are now in stable condition.

The 12 seized firearms and ammos were brought to Regional Crime Laboratory Office (RCLO) ARMM for processing and documentation while the arrested suspects were brought to Regional Crime Investigation and Detection Unit (RCIDU) ARMM.

The conduct of the said operation is in relation to the intensified efforts of the PNP and the marching orders of the PNP Chief, Police Director General Alan Purisima, to eliminate Private Armed Groups (PAGs) especially on the 15 provinces in the priority watch list of the PNP including Maguindanao to ensure a Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) 2013.