1,350 profiled in anti-terror raids; 2 arrested

AUTHORITIES captured two persons with a warrant of arrest while a total of 1,350 individuals were invited for questioning and underwent profiling during a simultaneous anti-terrorism operation dubbed as "Oplan Bulabog" conducted in some areas in Davao City, Friday, September 15.

Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director Alexander Tagum said the operation is a joint effort aimed to clear the city from threats of terrorism and also prevent possible spillover amid the ongoing armed battle in war-torn Marawi City.

Senior Superintendent Tagum said the operation began at 6 a.m. and ended around 10:30 a.m. with no untoward incidents.

All the invited personalities were bio-profiled and facial photos were taken to determine if they match any of the terrorist posted in their gallery.

Of the 1,350, a total of 194 persons were profiled in Barangay 31-D, Boulevard; 262 in Muslim Village, San Rafael, and Barangay 9-A; 348 in Sabroso Village and Barangay 76-A; and 70 were also profiled in Old NIA and Barangay Sasa.

There were also a total of 73 persons who were invited in Purok Silag, Barangay Mandug; and 81 persons in Sitio Punong, Barangay Lizada. In Purok 12 and 13, Tibungco, 47 were invited, which included 11 internally displaced personalities (IDPs). Of the 47, one was found to have a pending warrant of arrest. The identity of the arrested person was not revealed.

For Los Amigos Relocation, Tugbok three persons were profiled while 283 in Dominga Village, Barangay Poblacion, Calinan were invited with one person arrested with warrant of arrest.

Tagum identified the arrested suspects as Junior ToƱacao Cocamas, 22, and a resident of Dominga Village, Calinan. He was wanted for violation of Presidential Decree 1619 or the Law on Volatile Substances issued by Judge Daydews Villamor of Branch 5, Regional Trial Court Branch 11, Ecoland, Davao City and Jomar Suan Maturan, wanted for slight physical injuries issued by Judge Nenette Gustilo Lemana of the Municipal Trial Courts in Cities Branch 6.

The operation is conducted by the joint Security Task Force composed of DCPO, together with TF Davao, Regional Public safety Battalion, National Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Investigation Detection Unit, Philippine Coast Guard, Maritime Group 11 and Aviation Security Unit, all in Davao region.
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