MANILA — Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation have neutralized the leader in the ambush-killing of seven (7) Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Agents in Barangay Malna, Kapai, Lanao Del Sur four years ago.

NBI OIC-Director ERIC B. DISTOR identified the subject in the October 2018 killing as WILLIAM GANDAWALI COMAYOG, incumbent Barangay Chairman of Inudaran, Tagoloan II, and also the former Municipal Mayor of Tagolan II, Lanao Del Sur.

At about 3 o’clock in the afternoon on April 13, 2022, joint operatives of the NBI-Iligan District Office (NBI-ILDO) led by Atty. Abdul Jamal Dimaporo, and government forces from PDEU/SOG LDSPPO and Special Action Force (SAF) implemented the service of Warrant of Arrest against COMAYOG in Pilintangan, Wao, Lanao Del Sur.

However, while the government Agents were approaching the residence of the subject, they were fired upon using an M79 Grenade Launcher and M16 Rifle.

An armed confrontation ensued that resulted in the neutralization of said subject and the wounding of Patrolman RASUL ASILUM on the side of the operating team during the firefight, which lasted for more than an hour.

The subject was immediately rushed to Wao District Hospital for medical intervention but was declared dead on arrival by the attending Physician.

Patrolman RASUL ASILUM was given medical assistance and was declared out of danger. The Operating Team was able to recover a cache of high powered firearms and ammunitions.

DISTOR stressed that subject COMAYOG has an Outstanding Warrant of Arrest for Violation of Section 28 (a) of R.A. 10591 issued by the RTC Branch 10 of Marawi City on February 2019.

Moreover, subject COMAYOG was allegedly the leader of the GANDAWALI Group which was involved in the illegal drug activities and the Mastermind in the ambush-killing of 7 Agents of PDEA in October 2018.

He was the brother of MACAPAGAL COMAYOG who was on the Government’s drug watch list and who was killed in a buy-bust operation in Marawi City.

OIC-Director DISTOR has directed his Agents to conduct follow-up operations to apprehend the cohorts of subject COMAYOG who are involved in the ambush-killing of 7 PDEA Agents as he emphasized that the NBI will not stop until they are brought to justice to answer for their crimes.

(Kiara Lauren Ibanez/BENJAMIN CUARESMA/ai/mtvn)

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