THE Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) on Sunday morning arrested a businessman in Cauayan City in Isabela for illegal possession of a cache of high-powered firearms, and over 200 various live ammunition, PNP-CIDG Director Major General Eliseo DC Cruz said yesterday.
“We have accounted for another target in line with our continuing effort to arrest holders of loose firearms and confiscate their illegal weapons as ordered by PNP Chief General Dionardo B. Carlos to ensure they won’t be used to disrupt the holding of a peaceful and orderly May 9 national and local elections,” the PNP-CIDG director said.
Suspect Pedro Daliwag, a resident of Purok 6, Cattleya Subdivision in Bgy. Cabaruan, Cauayan City, six firearms, over a dozen different magazines, and more than 200 rounds of assorted live ammunition when arrested at 6:14 a.m. Sunday.
Members of the CIDG Regional Field Unit 2 arrested the suspect when they raided his house on the strength of a search warrant for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 issued by Judge Reymundo Aumentado of the Cauayan City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 20, Maj. Gen. Cruz said.
He said that initially recovered inside the suspect’s residence were an unlicensed caliber .45 pistol with a magazine containing seven live ammunition, three spare cal. .45 magazines with 19 bullets, five rounds of cal. .38 ammunition, six live 9mm ammunition, four 12-gauge shotgun ammunition, six M-16 magazines, two cal. .45 holsters, a replica of a cal. .45 pistol, 14 live cal. .22 bullets, and 145 cal. 5.56 live ammunition for an M-16 assault rifle.
Shortly after the search ended at 7:28 in the morning, officers of the Isabela CIDG Field Office led by Major Antonio Ananayo Jr. and Lieutenant Harold Landicho, in the presence of local barangay officials, asked the suspect if he still have in possession of other firearms and ammunition.
The accused answered in the affirmative and led the CIDG officers to his Hyundai Starex van, which yielded an M-16 Colt AR-15 assault rifle with two long magazines containing 53 bullets; a cal. .30 Carbine rifle; an Ingram M2 cal. 9mm machine pistol with a magazine containing 16 bullets; two unlicensed cal. .45 pistol, with three magazines containing 13 bullets; three Carbine M1 magazines with 39 live ammunition; and a 12-gauge shotgun with 21 pieces of live 12-gauge ammunition.
“All firearms were found to be unregistered and thus were placed under the safekeeping of the CIDG Cauayan City field office pending the filing of criminal charges against the suspect who was placed under surveillance for weeks amid reports he is keeping illegal guns,” said Cruz.
The CIDG Cauayan City Field Unit was joined by officers from the Isabela Police Provincial Office (PPO), the Cauayan City Police Station, and the Isabela Provincial Highway Patrol Team in conducting the anti-illegal gun raid.