February 18, 2022

Buluan, Maguindanao – A member of Dawlah Islamiya, an ISIS-inspired group was neutralized in the afternoon of February 12, 2022 in Buluan, Maguindanao through the joint efforts of 4th Special Action Battalion (4SAB); Provincial Intelligence Unit (PIU); South Cotabato Police Provincial Office (SCPPO); Pres Quirino MPS; SKPPO, 3rd Maneuver Platoon; 2nd PMFC; Buluan MPS; 10th SFC; 5th SFB; 1st Mechanized Battalion; and 1st Mechanized BDE.

The subject of the police operation was Dagul Mangudalat a.k.a. Jomar Mangudalat who is affiliated with the Dawlah Islamiyah (DI) -SOCSARGEN Khatiba. He has a standing warrant of arrest for the crime of Murder issued by the 11th Judicial Region, Branch 63 dated November 12, 2021 in Polomolok, South Cotabato.

The operation resulted in a shootout when the suspect tried to evade arrest by engaging the troops which led to the latter’s death.  

The operating troops recovered the following pieces of evidence at the scene of encounter: one (1) unit Springfield Caliber 45 with Serial No. 826987; one (1) magazine with three (3) live ammunitions; and three (3) empty shells of 45 Caliber pistol. The recovered items were turned over to Buluan MPS for documentation and proper disposition while the cadaver of the suspect was brought to Buluan District Hospital postmortem investigation and eventual turnover to the family.

The suspect was also involved in the following criminal incidents: the gunslay of PEMS Augusto Braganza, CESPO of Tacurong City Police Station; shooting incident of a certain Ronnie Bignayan on January 11, 2022 in Tantangan, South Cotabato; motor-napping and robbery/holdup in the areas of Koronadal, Tantangan, Banga, all in South Cotabato; and in Tacurong, Isulan and Esperanza, all in Sultan Kudarat; and the latest motor-napping incidents in Koronadal City on February 7-8, 2022.