3 gunrunning suspects sued

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Saturday, May 26, 2012


THE Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Davao del Sur filed charges Thursday before the Provincial Prosecutor's Office against three suspects, including the alleged leader, for gunrunning.

Charged with violation of the Republic Act 8294, otherwise known as Codifying the Laws on Illegal and Unlawful Possession, Manufacture, Dealing in, Acquisition or Disposition of Firearms, were Joy Maglinte Federico, 46, leader of the Maglinte gun-running syndicate, and his relatives Raul Maglinte Alang and Jonthan Maglinte Cayamba, all residents of Barangay Sinuron, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

Recovered from the possession of Federico were one HM .357 revolver without serial numbers and one magazine loaded with three live ammunition, two empty shells, and another three live ammunition from caliber .45 pistol.

Recovered from the possession of Cayamba were one caliber .45 pistol bearing serial number 362701 with empty magazine and two P500 bills used as marked money.

Recovered from the possession of Alang was one HM .357 revolver without serial number and one magazine loaded with five live ammunitions.

In an interview with the suspects, Alang denied the accusations against him, saying the gun was issued to him by their barangay after he had received several threats from an unidentified person.

"Nadamay lang man ko. Gipa-assist lang man ko sa among barangay kapitan (Mercidita River) sa lubong sa iya paryente human na tingala naman lang ko naa nay nag-ginukdanay sa dalan. Wala jud ko labot ana ilang ginahimo (Our barangay captain requested me to assist in the burial of her relative. I was surprised by the commotion on the road)," Alang said.

Cayamba admitted, however, that their group sells guns from P12,000 to P30,000 depending on the unit. But he is quick to add that it was his first time on the job, as he needs cash for his family.

Federico also denied that he is the leader of the group, saying he only runs errands for other groups.

Chief Inspector Edilberto Leonardo, CIDG-Davao deputy chief, said based on the report from CIDG in Davao del Sur, the suspects were arrested at Sta. Cruz Public Cemetery around 11:45 a.m. in line with their Oplan Salikop and Oplan Paglalansag Omega, a campaign against loose firearms.

Personnel of the CIDG led by Senior Inspector Francis Sonza with the Davao del Sur Police Provincial Office (DSPPO) and Sta. Cruz Municipal Police Station conducted an entrapment operation after the authorities learned of the whereabouts of the three suspects.

Leonardo said the suspects even fired back at the arresting police officers, though no one died or wounded.

Leonardo said they are now monitoring other gunning-running groups mostly operating in Davao del Sur and Davao del Norte. He said they will also conduct further investigation about the suspects to verify their statements.

The suspects are presently detained at CIDG Davao del Sur for their proper disposition.

Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, in a press conference at Grand Men Seng Hotel on Thursday, lauded the CIDG Davao for a job well done.

He said gunrunning operations in the region must be stopped, as this somehow supports gun-for-hires men by buying affordable firearms from them.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 26, 2012.

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