CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao (PNA) — The military here has turned over to police authorities a man suspected to be engaged in kidnap-for-ransom, and his driver following their arrest in Gen. SK Pendatun, Maguin-danao on Friday for carrying long firearms.
Lt. Colonel Harold Cabunoc, commander of the 33rd Infantry Battalion turned over Saturday morning Adam Ugalingan, 44 and his driver, Pahmodin Adam, 18, both residents of Barangay Badak, Gen. SK Pendatun, Maguindanao to SK Pendatun police and witnessed by Senior Supt. Agustin Tello, Maguin-danao police director.
Captain Rogelio Agustin Jr., chief of Charlie Company, 33rd Infantry Battalion, said soldiers manning a checkpoint as part of the Lenten security plan flagged down a motorbike driven by Adam at about noon Friday.
Both men were unease and restless when soldiers and policemen asked them what was inside the sack they were transporting.
Unable to utter a word, the soldiers checked on the sack that contained two M1 Garand rifles.
Maj. Gen. Arnel dela Vega, commander of the 6th Infantry Division, said Ugalingan was later identified as the primary suspect in the kidnapping of businesswoman Pipaw Ang of Mlang, North Cotabato in 1996.
Also turned over were two rifles as evidences against the suspects now facing charges for illegal possession of firearms.
“I commend the soldiers for their dedication to duty. They have continued conducting security patrols to protect the communities,” he said.
Army and police checkpoints have been established along major highways in Maguindanao, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and part of Lanao del Sur, all under the jurisdiction of the 6th ID as part of Lenten security plan.