Barangay Hinalaan is near hinterlands frequented by New People's Army guerrillas and more than a dozen NPAs have been killed in joint operations in Kalamansig and Lebak by the provincial police and units of the 1st Marine Brigade
in the past 12 months.
Milquiades Ordiales, commander of the 1st Marine Brigade
, told reporters on Thursday that the terrorists had holed up in mosques with their hostages since the early days of the crisis.
Emmanuel Salamat, 1st Marine Brigade
commander, said Ali was killed in a clash with 6th Marine Battalion Landing Team Thursday in Barangay Butril, Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat in a 5:30 a.m.
Personnel of the 1st Marine Brigade
killed seven terrorists in Barangay Butril in Palimbang in 2015 in a raid that led to the fall of an AKP camp there where IEDs, firearms and a black IS flag were recovered.
Melquiades Ordiales, commander of the 1st Marine Brigade
, toured reporters around Mapandi on Wednesday and showed them the bridge, but did not tell them when the span was taken from the terrorists.
A source from the 1st Marine Brigade
based in nearby Lebak, Sultan Kudarat said the rebels were from nearby Senator Ninoy Aquino town, also in Sultan Kudarat and in Sarangani province.
Emmanuel Salamat, commander of the 1st Marine Brigade
, confirmed on Friday the identity of the Indonesian national, who was among the fatalities during the four-hour gun battle that started around 5:20 a.m.
A Marine officer of the 1st Marine Brigade
based in Kalamansig town in Sultan Kudarat, who requested anonymity, said the group has been under surveillance for the past month due to alleged extortion activities as complained by farmers.
Last week, Brigadier General Alexander Balutan, who currently heads the 1st Marine Brigade
based in Sultan Kudarat, aired on Facebook his sentiments on pork barrel, and stated that the misused government funds could have instead used to address problems of armed conflict.