SULTAN NAGA DIMAPORO, Lanao del Norte (PIA)--The leader of the Macari criminal group Esmail Wali together with 45 personalities on board one yellow dump truck and one white Toyota Hilux were captured in an intelligence operation conducted by the 1st Military Intelligence Battalion, 5th Mechanized Infantry Battalion and the Lanao del Norte Police Provincial Office (LDN-PPO) at the vicinity of Malabang-Dablestone Tukuran road, Brgy Tagulo, here, May 10, 2022.
Wali is the third leader of the Macari criminal group since it was organized sometime in the 1980s. Since then, the group was known for conducting criminal activities like Kidnap for ransom, extortion and private armed groups for hire during election seasons. As such, said group was believed to be hired from the nearby provinces of Lanao del Norte during the elections and on their way of returning home.
The 5th Mechanized Infantry Battalion in close coordination with Sultan Naga Dimaporo municipal police station, Provincial Intelligence Unit, 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company and Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit launched a checkpoint operation in support of the intelligence operation of the 1st Military Intelligence Battalion resulting in the successful case development of the said operations.
During the said operations, nine high powered firearms, six low powered firearms, ammunition, explosives and other war materials were confiscated and are in the custody of LDN PPO for further processing and proper disposition.
Col Julius Librada, commander of the 5th Mechanized Infantry Battalion said that they are committed to safeguarding peace and fight all threats of terrorism that only bring fear and suffering to the people specially in the province. (5th Mechanized Infantry Battalion/PIA-10/Lanao del Norte)