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CIDG files gun, explosive raps vs Batangas mayor, 2 brods

June 19, 2023 People's Tonight 179 views

THE Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) on Monday filed charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives against the mayor of Mabini, Batangas, and his two brothers who were arrested in an anti-criminality raid last Saturday, PNP-CIDG director, Major General Romeo M. Caramat Jr. said.

Charged before the Department of Justice (DOJ) with violation of Republic Act (RA) 9516 or illegal possession of explosives was the Mabini town mayor.

His two brothers, an ex-police officer and one, chairman of a barangay and concurrent president of the local Association of Barangay Captains (ABC), were charged with violation of RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013.

Members of the CIDG National Capital Region Field Unit (NCRFU) led by Colonel Hansel M. Marantan led the raid at the suspects’ compound on the strength of four search warrants issued by Judge Mary Josephine Lazaro of the Antipolo City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 74.

Another sibling of the suspects remained at large and is still being sought by the CIDG-NCR. The mayor and his brothers kept their silence over the accusations against them and have sought the help of their lawyers in formally answering the criminal complaints slapped on them by the PNP-CIDG.

At around 4:20 a.m. Saturday, the CIDG-NCR agents, backed up by commandos from the PNP Special Action Force (PNP-SAF), first raided the house of the suspect ex-cop in Sitio Pook in Bgy. Pulong Niogan and arrested him after they recovered a caliber 5.56 automatic rifle with two magazines containing 16 live ammunition and one cal. 45 semi-automatic pistol with three magazines containing a total of 55 bullets.

Seventeen minutes later, the mayor’s residence in Sitio Silangan in Bgy. Sto. Tomas was searched. The mayor, who also happened to be a lawyer, was arrested after officers recovered a small pouch containing a suspected explosive device inside his residence.

The 3rd raid at the barangay official’s house in Sitio Silangan in Bgy. Sto. Tomas resulted in the confiscation of one Bushmaster cal. 5.56 assault rifle with a magazine containing ten live ammunition and one MK2 fragmentation grenade.

At the suspect’s (at large) residence in Sitio Kanluran in Bgy. Sampaguita, operatives seized one Bushmaster assault rifle with a magazine containing ten bullets. However, the suspect was not around when the raid was conducted, Caramat said.

PNP chief Gen. Benjamin C. Acorda Jr. commended the PNP-CIDG and the other units involved in the successful anti-weapons raid.

“With the CIDG’s commitment to support the directive of our CPNP [PNP chief], we will continue our campaign against loose firearms to combat crimes and illegal activities. At ang lahat ng indibidwal na lalabag sa ating batas ay ating pananagutin kahit na sino o ano pa man ang katayuan nito sa ating pamayanan,” Caramat said.

Officers from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), the PNP EOD/K9 Group and the Police Regional Office (PRO) 4-A also participated in the operation.

“This is part of our stepped-up implementation of the CIDG’s ‘Oplan: Paglalansag Omega’ aimed at accounting for loose weapons and partisan armed groups that could be used to disrupt the forthcoming October Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections,” Caramat said.

The suspect ex-cop was a former Senior Inspector from the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) who, along with three other fellow officers, was arrested for their purported involvement in a brazen robbery and abduction incident along EDSA in 2014, said Marantan.

The accused were charged with robbery-in-band, kidnapping-for-ransom, and violation of the Anti-Carnapping Act of 1972 after they were identified as the men who accosted passengers of a vehicle along EDSA Mandaluyong City in September 2013.