Some 53 assorted firearms were seized by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) during operations in Marikina City last Friday, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Benjamin Acorda Jr. announced Monday.
The operation is in line with ongoing police efforts to crackdown against the proliferation of loose firearms and recognize the potential risks and threats that may affect the upcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections this coming October 30.
“Armed with two search warrants issued by the Executive Judge of the Regional Trial Court, National Capital Judicial Region of Marikina City, CIDG operatives in collaboration with other PNP units, swooped down on the residence and store of an unlicensed gun dealer, which resulted in the recovery and confiscation of 26 long firearms, 27 short firearms, assorted ammunition, as well as major and minor parts, tools, and machines used in manufacturing firearms,” Acorda said.
Investigations revealed that the arrested person had no license to operate a firearms business and had not submitted any application to the PNP’s Firearms and Explosives Office for dealing and manufacturing firearms.
“The investigation further revealed that the suspect uses his establishment and social media to trade unlicensed firearms wherein among his customers are high-profile gun enthusiasts, politicians with alleged private armies, and some uniformed personnel from the police and military,” Acorda said.
A criminal complaint for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition punishable under Republic Act 10591 was filed against the arrested suspect on October 1 at the Office of the City Prosecutor, Marikina City.
The PNP chief commended CIDG personnel behind this operation even as he assured the public that the police would continue to maintain peace and order throughout the country.