President Rodrigo Duterte has lauded government troops for the arrest of four suspects in the deadly Davao blast last September.
In an interview with media during his visit Tuesday night, November 1, to his parents’ tomb at the Catholic Cemetery in Davao City, the president said the military and police continue to perform their tasks as the state of national emergency on account of lawless violence is still in effect in the country.
Authorities arrested in Cotabato City last Saturday the four members of Maute Group identified as Mohammad Lalaog Chenikandiyil alias Datu Boi, Jackson Mangulamas Usi alias Abu Mansor, Zack Villanueva Lopez alias Haron and Ansan Abdulla Mamasapano alias Hamsa.
Authorities also defused an improvised explosive device (IED) found in the residence Chenikandiyil in Barangay Rosary Heights 7 in Cotabato City.
Chenikandiyil and the other three suspects were all arrested by the military and police in an operations conducted in Ilang-Ilang St., Tamontaka, Cotabato City.
Recovered from Chenikandiyil and his group were assorted firearms and ammunitions, a hand grenade and two IEDs made out of 60mm mortar and 105mm howitzer mortar.
The arrest was carried out on Saturday through search warrants issued by Judge Bansawan Ibrahim of Regional Trial Court Branch 13.
Authorities have already arrested seven suspects to the deadly Sept. 2 bombing of the Roxas Night Market in Davao City that killed 15 and injured 60 innocent civilians.
Police and military authorities arrested last Oct. 4 TJ Tagadaya Macabalang, Wendel Factural, and Musaili Mustapha. (PNA)