On August 23, 2017 at about 5:00 A.M., joint personnel of Bukidnon Public Safety Company led by PSI MANUEL T TAYTAYON and 1SFBN Philippine Army conducted law enforcement operation (Combat Patrol Operation) at Brgy Licoan and three nearby Barangay of Sumilao, Bukidnon. While conducting law enforcement operation at Brgy Licoan. The troops sighted two suspicious persons helping each other carrying a sack believed to be a firearm or illegal items. The troops covered themselves in the grassy portion more or less 30 meters away from the house observing the two persons talking to one another outside the house.
At about 10:00 AM the troops positively saw the owner of the house pullout the rifle from the sack which prompted them to apprehend the three suspects namely Romeo B Salilo, Roger D Ayombo and Rey S Lomingka all residents of Brgy Licoan, Sumilao Bukidnon for illegal possession of firearms and explosives. Recovered from their possession and control are the following:
a) One unit M14 US rifle Springfield with SN 539058;
b) One unit .22 cal with SN 68208;
c) One unit Armalite Elisco rifle with deface SN;
d) Two pcs steel mag of 7.62 mm;
e) 45 rounds of cal 7.62mm cartridges;
f) Two pcs steel mag of 5.56 mm;
g) 40 rounds of cal 5.56 mm cartridges ;
h) Two pcs hand grenade;
i) Seven rounds 12 gauge cartridges;
j) Nine rounds cal .38 cartridges;
k) Five pcs fired cartridges cal .38;
l) Two cellphones and (red nokia and white pinoy mobile);
m) 12 assorted subversive documents;
n) One gray pack bag; and
o) Three pcs black pouch bag.
The suspects, firearms, grenades and subversive documents were brought to Bukidnon Police Provincial Office for proper disposition and case filing for RA 10591 and RA 9516.