Three men from Marawi were arrested early morning yesterday following a police operation against loose firearms at the Muslim Village in Barangay Taloto, Tagbilaran City.
Joint operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit identified the suspects as one Muahmar Haji Yusof and his brother Ibrahim Haji Yusof, and Akhmad Macalngan alias Aksi.
The three of them are natives of Banggolo, Marawi City and are presently residing at the Muslim Village.
The subject of the raid, one Koko Sultan Alingadhi, eluded the CIDG and SWAT raiding team who conducted their search of the house where Alingadhi is allegedly residing by virtue of a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Suceso Arcamo Jr.
Instead, the joint raiding team led by PSInsp. Fritz Blanco found the three suspects at the said house who were apprehended after the operatives found them in possession of unlicensed firearms.
Seized from the possession of Akhmad is a .357 caliber revolver, while a .45 caliber pistol was confiscated from the possession of Muahmar and another caliber .38 handgun was seized from Ibrahim. The raid also yielded various ammunitions.
Aside from the unlicensed firearms, the raiding team also recovered shabu from the three suspects.
According to PSInsp. Blanco, they secured a search warrant against their subject, Alingadhi, after receiving reports from neighbors who became suspicious and frightened by the presence of armed men apparently holed up in the house of Alingadhi.
Blanco said the three suspects have stood as dry goods traders among a group of Muslims that goes to and fro Bohol and Marawi.