Gun run­ners bagged in Abra

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THREE al­leged gun run­ners were col­lared in Abra by the Cordillera po­lice over the week be­fore these loose firearms fall into the hands of pri­vate armed groups.

By virtue of a search war­rant is­sued by Judge Ra­phiel Alzate of RTC Branches 1 and 58 of Bangued and Bu­cay, re­spec­tively, Ce­sar Frio Blanes, 48, a butcher and a res­i­dent of Si­tio Turod, Cal­aba, Bangued was ar­rested in the af­ter­noon of Novem­ber 9 while Manuel Malag­gay Labaoan, 40, mar­ried, driver and a res­i­dent of Brgy. Cabaroan, Tayum was like­wise nabbed in the morn­ing of Novem­ber 8.

Seized from Blanes are one Colt MK IV cal. 45 pis­tol with se­rial no. 835621, 12 am­mu­ni­tions for cal. 45, and two mag­a­zines, while one Colt MK IV cal. 45 with se­rial num­ber 258910, one mag­a­zine as­sem­bly with eight am­mu­ni­tions and a hol­ster was found in­side the house­hold of Labaoan.

In an­other op­er­a­tion, An­gelo Da­canay Al­filer a.k.a Gelo, 47,

was ar­rested in his res­i­dence at Brgy. Ve­lasco, Tayum, in the morn­ing of Novem­ber 6 as au­thor­i­ties seized a Cal. 22 arm­scor ri­fle with­out a se­rial num­ber and four pieces of am­mu­ni­tion.

The sus­pects to­gether with the con­fis­cated items are now un­der the cus­tody of the con­cerned op­er­at­ing units, while a case for Vi­o­lat­ing RA 10591 (Com­pre­hen­sive Firearms and Am­mu­ni­tion Reg­u­la­tion Act) were filed against them.

Mean­while, a farmer in the prov­ince vol­un­tar­ily sur­ren­dered a hand grenade af­ter be­ing con­vinced by the Abra Pro­vin­cial Po­lice on the reper­cus­sions of hav­ing such weapons in his pos­ses­sion Novem­ber 9.

Luba Mu­n­i­capl Po­lice Sta­tion as­sis­tant chief, Se­nior In­spec­tor Go­erge Acob who led in the con­duct of a barangay vis­i­ta­tion and pu­long-pu­long at Barangays Lul-Luna and Nag­bukel, both in Luba iden­ti­fied the farmer as Felomino Roberto, 45, mar­ried, and a res­i­dent of Brgy. Nag­bukel sur­ren­dered the hand grenade with­out a se­rial num­ber in sup­port to the PNP’s in­ten­si­fied cam­paign against loose firearms.

The ex­plo­sive is now un­der the cus­tody of Luba MPS for doc­u­men­ta­tion prior turn–over to Abra PPO.

Cordillera po­lice, ac­cord­ing to Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice di­rec­tor Fran­cis Elmo Sarona will con­tinue to fo­cus on the cam­paign against loose firearms and will do its best to ar­rest more vi­o­la­tors to curb gun­re­lated vi­o­lence in the streets in­clud­ing other weapons.

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