A Philippine National Police Intelligence Group (PNP-IG)-led anti-terror operation in Maguindanao on Tuesday resulted in the neutralization of a most wanted member of a Moro National Liberation Front ‘Lost Command’ in Maguindanao and his son, PNP-IG director, Chief Superintendent Edgar S. Monsalve announced yesterday.
In a report to PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde, the official identified the slain suspect as Tinte Taup Mangarin alias ‘Commander Tinte,’ a known MNLF ‘Lost Command’ leader operating in Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat provinces and is listed as the no. 1 most wanted person in Sultan Kudarat
Monsalve said that members of the Regional Intelligence Unit 12, assisted by operatives of the Sultan Kudarat Police Provincial Office and the Police Regional Office 12 under Chief Supt. Eliseo T. Rasco raided the hideout of Mangarin in Sitio Kamalig, Barangay Meti in Datu Blah municipality at 3:20 a.m. Tuesday.
However, while about to serve the warrant of arrest issued against Mangarin for the complex crime of attempted murder with direct assault upon agents of a person in authority, the suspect and his son identified as Minggoy Taup fired shots at the officers who were forced to retaliate killing both on the spot.
Monsalve said that Mangarin’s arrest was ordered by Judge Renato Gleyo of the Isulan, Sultan Kudarat Regional Trial Court Branch 19 on November 10, 2017 with no bail recommended.
He added that Minggoy also has a standing warrant of arrest for murder issued by Judge Lorenzo Balo of the Isulan RTC Branch 19 last December 3 with no bail recommended too.
“The neutralization of Mangarin was the result of an intelligence packet provided by the RIU12 which is involved in the hunt for most wanted terror suspects and other enemies of the State in Mindanao,” said the official.
Recovered during the operation were two M-16 automatic rifles, one of them fitted with a grenade launcher, 33 pieces of M-16 magazines, 554 rounds of live 5.56 ammunition and two bandoliers.