Gun-runner slain, 4 others arrested in Davao

By Anthony S. Allada

DAVAO CITY – An alleged leader of a gun-running group was killed while four others were arrested following a buy-bust operation mounted by operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 11 in Sirawan, Toril district here.

Sr. Supt. Albert Ignatius Ferro, CIDG 11 regional chief, said that Ridwan Bantugan shot it out with the operating team that resulted to the exchange of gunfire.

Bantugan was hit on the head that caused his instant death.

Ferro said that his men led by Sr. Insp. Francis Sonza conducted a buy-bust operation at 3:30 p.m. Monday where they would have to buy a Baby Armalite rifle, two .45 caliber pistols and two .38 caliber revolvers for P200,000 outside Bantugan’s house in Barangay Sirawan, a kilometer-away from the checkpoint of the Task Force Davao.

He said that Bantugan reportedly sensed that he had a transaction with policemen that he started to fire at them. One of the operating team fired back and hit him on the head.

Recovered from his possession were his Baby Armalite rifle, .45 caliber pistol and 9mm caliber pistol.

In a follow-up operation, two .45 caliber pistols and two .38 caliber revolvers were recovered from the suspect’s house.

Four men believed to be companions of Bantugan in the gun-running operation were also arrested at the height of the commotion while two others managed to escape.

Ferro said that the operation came after an intensive month-long surveillance following complaints from neighbors of a series of indiscriminate firing during day and night time and that there were a reported illegal selling of firearms in the place.

He cited the participation of elements of the Task Force Davao, who conducted a patrol during the operation to control the people there. (ASA)




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