Police get P1 million in gun parts

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Saturday, January 26, 2013


CEBU CITY -- About P1 million worth of parts and machines used for illegally making guns were seized by the Provincial Intelligence Branch in Danao City on Thursday.

The police team also arrested eight men in two barangays, a move that one official expects will slow down the production of firearms in Cebu during the gun ban, which started last January 13.

Police face greater pressure to go after loose firearms after a Canadian national, who carried two unlicensed paltik guns, killed two men and wounded one woman last Tuesday in Cebu’s Hall of Justice.

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Investigators have yet to find out how John Pope, 66, acquired his guns, when the law prohibits foreigners from owning firearms in the Philippines. Danao City has long hosted gun manufacturers in Cebu Province.

Police confiscate firearms in Cebu
CUTTING OFF THE SOURCE. Senior Supt. Patrocenio Comendador (left) presents the confiscated parts for the making of high-powered firearms to Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo Jr., head of the Police Regional Office 7. Comendador said a police team seized the parts in Danao City. (Contributed Photo/Alan Tangcawan)

At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, an operation led by Superintendent Rodolfo Albotra, in coordination with the Danao City police, arrested two gun dealers in Sitio Cambiohan, Barangay Poblacion in that northern city.

They identified these dealers as Jayme Silverio Sr. and Vivencio Villasan.

Forty-six barrel pieces and P300 were among the items confiscated from the suspects’ possession.

The same team conducted a follow-up operation on the same day, which led to the arrest of Antonio Galon Gian, who was caught allegedly selling five barrels, five revolver cylinders and two slides inside his house in Barangay Taboc, Danao City.

The confiscated items are materials used for making different firearms. Gian allegedly accepted bulk orders of firearm spare parts from different clients in neighboring towns.

Five workers in his shop were arrested and were also caught allegedly making firearm spare parts inside Gian’s compound.

The arrested workers were identified as Normanito Gian, Ildefonso Capitan, Benidicto Manulat, Eldebrando Gian and Gomersindo Bayo.

During the raid in Antonio’s compound, the police confiscated different spare parts worth P200,000 and a machine used for molding these materials, worth P800,000.

Some one hundred different spare parts such as metal slides used for making barrels, machine groovers, drill bits and revolver cylinders were seized.

“Ang importante ani naigo nato ang source sa armas. Kani atong nadakpan maoy mo liha ug mobuhat sa spare parts. Paliton rani sa mag assemble (The important thing is that we struck at the source. They made the spare parts which are then bought by those who assemble guns),” explained Comendador.

From assembly, the finished guns are forwarded to the stockholders who will be the ones to distribute the guns, Comendador added.

He expected the arrest and seizures to slow down the production of guns in Cebu.

Police Regional Office-Central Visayas Director Marcelo Garbo Jr., who visited the Cebu Provincial Police Office, commended Comendador and Albotra for the operations.

“This will be a big blow to the illegal manufacturers. We hit the wholesaler and the number one (person) in the production line,” said Garbo in a media gathering Friday.

He added that the police will continue to monitor and look for loose firearms and illegal manufacturers. (Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 26, 2013.

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