Mahdem Bagundang
  • Sex: Male
Incident Details
  • Killed in police operation
  • Date of Incident: September 16, 2017
  • Location of Incident: M’Lang, Cotabato (North Cotabato)

KIDAPAWAN CITY – Four drug suspects were killed and four others were arrested in simultaneous raids on their hideouts in North Cotabato at dawn on Saturday.
Among those killed during the raids were Monaim Paglas and Mahdem Bagundang, both residents of Purok-5, Barangay Dungguan in M’lang, North Cotabato.
M’lang police operatives claimed that Paglas and Bagundang resisted arrest and shot it out with members of the raiding team.
In Banisilan town, a suspected drug pusher identified as Bienvenido Gumban was also killed in another drug bust operation.
Reports from Banisilan Police said Gumban drew his pistol when the team raided his house at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday.
In Pikit town, meanwhile, a suspected drug courier identified as Alis Blah was also killed in an alleged shootout with authorities.
On the other hand, the four who were arrested during the simultaneous “One Time, Big Time” anti-narcotic operations were identified as:
• Nashrudin Ganang Buisan, 21, of Barangay Lano-on in Carmen, North Cotabato;
• Norodin Nandang Amulan alias Odin, 30;
• Kenneth Pasandalan Cudales, 29, of Poblacion in Kabacan; and
• Vanessa Ayunan in Pikit town.
Authorities were armed with search warrants issued by several local courts in North Cotabato when they raided the houses of at least 10 people suspected to be involved in illegal drug trade.
Recovered from the operations were 19 sachets of suspected shabu, and shabu paraphernalia.
Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Soccsksargen (Region 12), together with Provincial Intelligence Bureau of the CPPO, and several police stations in North Cotabato, led the operations.
The apprehended suspects were brought to the regional headquarters of the PNP in Tambler, General Santos City for the filing of appropriate charges, while the recovered items were brought to the regional headquarters of the PNP Crime Laboratory, also in General Santos City, for proper disposition.

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.