Operatives of Tungawan MPS and 6th SF Battalion of the Philippine Army conducted a joint law enforcement operation for the serving of arrest warrant against a wanted person named Langa Aukasa in Sitio Libasay, Barangay Datu Tumangong Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay at around 5:30 AM on July 13, 2017.
An encounter between the authorities and a group of lawless elements ensued wherein the target person was believed to be fatally wounded but his body was not recovered, believed to be taken by an undetermined number of reinforcing cohorts. This forced the arresting team to withdraw to avoid being cornered in the area. At around 10:00 AM on July 13, 2017, the team returned to Tungawan MPS taking into custody Suraida Sayari Esmael who was inside the target house where the gun battle transpired. Tungawan MPS is still awaiting the confirmation on the death of the suspect from the local residents.
-with report from PO3 Radzben S. Jul, RPIO9