Guv: Dig deeper into businessman’s case

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Saturday, July 12, 2014


NEGROS Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. is asking Congress to dig deeper into the case of a businessman who was raided for high-powered firearms in his rented house at Sta. Clara Subdivision, Bacolod City.

Marañon made the call as the House committee on public safety and order chaired by Fourth District Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer conducted an initial inquiry into the recovery of 16 AK-47s with ammunition in a van owned by businessman Eugene Gawat.

The case is being investigated for its possible links to the missing 1,000 pieces of AK-47 from the Philippine National Police Armory.
The Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU) armed with a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 51 Judge Anita Guanzon-Chua raided the house of Gawat last June 25.

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Operatives also recovered 125 empty magazines, boxes of assorted live ammunition, 25 jungle knives, 26 leather magazine pouches, and 25 cleaning kits.

They also found in Gawat’s room 60 assorted ammunition and in another room, a steel cabinet containing two long-barrel shotguns, a .30-caliber rifle, and two .45-caliber pistols.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 12, 2014.

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