Buenvenido Gumban
  • Sex: Male
Incident Details
  • Killed in police operation at home
  • Date of Incident: September 18, 2017
  • Location of Incident: Banisilan, Cotabato (North Cotabato)

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao — An Army led anti-drug operation in the upland town of Banisilan, North Cotabato over the weekend left one person dead and the recovery of unlicensed high-powered guns and ammunition, the military here said Monday.
Capt. John Arvin Encinas, spokesperson for the 6th Infantry Division, said joint elements of 34th Infantry Battalion and Banisilan Municipal Police Station clashed with undetermined number of gunmen at 5 a.m. in Barangay Wadya which left Buenvenido Gumban, a suspected drug peddler, dead.
He said the Army and police personnel were to serve warrants of arrest against Gumban, one of the suspected drug peddlers in Banisilan.
But as the troops were proceeding to Gumban’s home, they were met with ammunition forcing government forces to return fire.
Recovered from Gumban’s house was a .45 caliber pistol, a 12-gauge shot gun and three huge sachets of methamphetamine hydrochloride. No casualty was reported on government side.
Two hours later, joint police and Army forces also served the warrant of arrest for Wilmer Oriendo, an alleged drug pusher in nearby Barangay Gastav, also in Banisilan.
However, the suspect managed to escape before the lawmen arrived in his home at around 9 p.m.
Government forces recovered from Oriendo’s home one M-16 Armalite rifle, one rifle grenade launcher, one .45 caliber pistol and ammunition.
Major Gen. Arnel dela Vega, 6th Infantry Division commander and has supervision over 34th Infantry Battalion, lauded the Army for helping in the campaign against illegal drugs.
He said the 6th ID is providing all out support to other law enforcement agencies in the war on drugs.
In separate police operation, two suspected drug peddlers who resisted arrest and fired at law enforcers were killed in an anti-drug operation in Mlang, North Cotabato Sunday afternoon.
Killed were Monaim Paglas and Mahdem Bagundang, both residents of Barangay Dungguan in Mlang, North Cotabato.
In a report, the Mlang Municipal Police Office said police were to enter the house of Paglas and Bagundang at 6 p.m. to serve the warrant but were fired upon by the suspects.
The incident was witnessed by village officials.