MEMBERS of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) killed a suspected member of a terrorist group in a shootout on Monday, May 2, in Davao City.
In a police report released Monday, a suspicious Toyota Hilux van and a red motorcycle carrying armed men were spotted in Bangkal around 5 p.m. last Monday.
Responding policemen caught up with the vehicles at Purok 1-B, Lower Dampa, in Barangay Magtuod, Ma-a area.
The riders, however, were able to flee except the person riding in tandem on a motorcycle who put up a fight.
"Na-corner nato katong isa na nagdala og bag kay nisukol siya. Sa karon, ginafollow up pa ang mga kaubanan niya (We cornered the one who was carrying a bag as he put up a fight. We are tracking down his companions," DCPO Deputy Director for Operation (DRDO) Police Superintendent Ireneo Caburnay said during a press conference on Tuesday, May 2.
Found in the cadaver's possession were a .38 revolver with five live ammunition, a 60 mm mortar, one blasting cap, a detonating chord, M26 Fragmentation Hand Grenade, and three pieces of electronic chips.
"Kana ilahang items, naay capacity namubuto up to 300 meters. It's a good thing na atong nakuha kay pakaulaw kana kay Mayor Sara Duterte ug sa part sa DCPO if ever naay mahitabo na bombing sa sulod sa dakbayan (These items has a capacity to blow up a radius of 300 meters. It's a good thing we were able to intercept this. It would have been a great insult again to Mayor Sara Duterte and the DCPO had they been able to explode a bomb here)," Caburnay said.
Caburnay said the slain suspect sustained three gunshot wounds on different parts of his body.
"Dako nis iya na development knowing na iyahang dala na mga firearms pwede gamiton para mag atake diri sa Davao City (This is a big development because the weapons found in his possession can be used in an attack in the city," he said.
He assured that security in Davao City is now at its highest level. He added that the firearms were apparently smuggled in through the sea.