Army soldiers seize firearms; arrest kidnapper in Basilan PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 December 2010 11:06

Nine high-powered firearms and war materials were seized and a certain Adduk Salim was apprehended by the Philippine Army’s 4th Special Forces (Riverine) Battalion under Major Jose A. Laplap Jr. in a combat operation in Sibago Island, Muhammad Ajul, Basilan on Dec. 11.
The troops recovered five M16 rifles, three Garand rifles, an M14 rifle, five bandoliers, assorted magazines, four VHF base radios, and a 20-footer speedboat, which is allegedly being utilized for piracy, kidnapping, and other illegal activities in the area.
The troops also apprehended Salim under an arrest warrant on charges of kidnapping.
Reports revealed that the soldiers on board the Special Forces Operators’ “Condor” speedboats discretely and swiftly infiltrated the area with no firefight.
The recovered war materiel and Salim were formally presented by Special Operations Commander Maj. Gen. Roberto L. Morales to Army Chief Lt. Gen. Arturo B. Ortiz during the latter’s command visit on Dec. 13 in Basilan.
Recently, the Philippine Army launched 13 watercraft composed of 12 scout boats and one support boat (pump boat) as part of Ortiz’s impact project for the Army under the Philippine Army Watercraft Project “Condor” in response to the requirement of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the prevailing security situation in Mindanao, particularly in Basilan.
The SF Regiment (Airborne), particularly the 4th SF Battalion (Riverine) is given extended tasks of securing the island and controlling the Cafgu Active Auxiliary/SCA units within the province. With the cooperation and support of the civilian populace, the local government units, and other government agencies, the Special Forces assure that peace and order in Basilan province will continue to improve.