Police arrested an Army major, corporal, and two other people in Cagayan de Oro City early Friday for their alleged involvement in kidnapping-for-ransom activities.

Senior Supt. Gerardo Rosales, Cagayan de Oro City police director, identified those arrested as Maj. Mikunug Tangote, Cpl. Harvey Borreta, Drisha Mojamad, and Yahya Tomawis.

The four were arrested after they got injured in a shootout with policemen from Marawi City along Masterson Ave. in Brgy. Upper Carmen around 12:30 a.m.

“Sinundan sila (suspects) ng mga pulis ng Marawi kasi magkakaroon ng alleged payoff sa kidnapping for ransom na nangyari sa Marawi… nagkaroon ng putukan so tinamaan sila,” Rosales said in a phone interview.

Tangote only suffered slight injuries and is now detained at the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office along with Borreta, while Mojamad and Tomawis are being guarded by lawmen at a hospital.

The suspects yielded four caliber-.45 pistols. Also confiscated were a black motorcycle used by Borreta, who served as “spotter” during the pay off, and the Mazda sedan used by the three other suspects.

Rosales could give details on the alleged kidnapping-for-ransom activities as it happened in Marawi, but said they are fast-tracking the investigation so charges can be filed against the suspects either late Friday or early today (Saturday).

Tangote is the current company commander of the Military Police in Camp Evangelista, headquarters of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division. He is also the officer-in-charge of the 4th ID band.

Major Eugenio Julio Osias IV, Army 4th ID spokesman, said they will “fully cooperate” with the police’s investigation on Tangote and Borreta’s case.

“We will not meddle with the probe. We also expect fair treatment of the soldiers now being investigated because we believe in our legal system. We will conduct our own internal investigation of the case,” Osias said. (John Roson)

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