Man, his son arrested for ‘illegal’ gun-making

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013


A FATHER and son who allegedly specialized in making shotguns were arrested on Monday by police in a buy-bust in Barangay Cambiohan, Danao City, northern Cebu.

Operatives of the Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) also recovered P700,000 worth of gun parts and machines from the house of Ananias Giangan, 72, and Rholan Giangan, 25.

Supt. Rodolfo Albotra, chief of PIB, said they are intensifying their crackdown against illegal gun manufacturers as the synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections are just two months away.

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“These could be used by criminal elements,” he said.

P700,000 worth of gun parts and machines seized in Cebu
PARTS AND MACHINES. Superintendent Rodolfo Albotra, chief of the Provincial Intelligence Branch, showed to the media the P700,000 worth of gun parts and machines they seized from illegal gun makers in Danao City. (Sun.Star Cebu Photo/Davinci S. Maru)

Albotra said the operation was carried out at 3 p.m. where a police-poseur buyer bought a long firearm from Ananias.

After the transaction was consummated, the operatives went inside Ananias’ house and took Rholan, who was allegedly caught making guns.

Police seized two shotguns, three .22 Derringer revolvers, a lathe machine, bench drill, compressor, grinder motor, engraver machine, drill machine, two bench vise machines, shotgun barrels, pattern plates, punch marker, metal piles, adjustable wrench, drill bits and a drill chuck.

Ananias, when interviewed by Sun.Star Cebu, said he has been making long firearms for almost six years.

He said he didn’t stop making shotguns despite the arrests of some of his neighbors before.

“Wala mi’y laing panginabuhi. Kulang ra ang kita sa panguma (We had no other means of livelihood. Our income from farming is not enough),” he said.

Ananias, who claimed he was a former member of the Workers’ League of Danao Multi-purpose Cooperative (World MPC), said they are experiencing weak sales.

Each shotgun costs P6,000 to P7,000.

During a tactical interrogation, Ananias revealed that some of his clients were security agencies, Albotra said.

Complaints for violating Republic Act 10951 or the Illegal Possession and Selling of Firearms law will be filed against the suspects.

Early this month, some P1 million worth of firearms were seized in two operations on gun makers in Danao City and in Bohol.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 21, 2013.

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