SULTAN KUDARAT - Security forces seized high-powered guns and arrested an alleged bandit leader during a raid in the hinterland village of Sitio Sapale, Bgy Kabulanan, Bagumbayan at 6:00am on Saturday Sept. 23.
Philippine army soldiers joined forces with Special Action Force troopers and teams of policemen from the towns of Senator Ninoy Aquino and Bagumbayan in a raid on the hideout of alleged bandit leader Morix Ending.
Authorities arrested Ending and recovered 12 firearms including one rocket-propelled grenade.
However, the main target of the operation, a certain Dodong Baylon, was able to escape.
"Baylon is accused of murdering a lumad a few years ago. Our informants told us that he was coddled by a certain Commander Morix, a notorious leader of armed thugs," said Capt. Rogelio Agustin Jr of the army's 33rd Infantry Battalion.
Police Senior Inspector Ace Christian Sularte, the chief of Sen. Benigno Aquino police station said operations to capture Baylon continue.
Police Chief Inspector Gary Flor Marfil, the chief of Bagumbayan police, said that Ending has been detained for inquest proceedings.
"He will be charged with illegal possession of firearms and for harboring a criminal," said Marfil.