CIDG sues man for selling high-powered guns, bombs-A A +A
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
THE Criminal Investigation and Detection Groups (CIDG) filed charges on Saturday before the City Prosecutors' Office in Cotabato against a man for selling high-powered firearms and explosives.
Senior Superintendent Albert Ignatius D. Ferro, CIDG regional director, identified the suspect as Rahib Pelandoc Guialudin, with aliases Jerome Guialadin, Gob and Candao, of Maguindanao.
Ferro said Guialudin is a member of the Tamengkong Group, engaged in bomb and guns manufacturing and selling in Maguindanao and nearby provinces.
He said authorities here and in other areas have been monitoring the group for quite some time.
The suspect was also tagged in some bombing incidents in Mindanao.
The suspect was charged before the City Prosecutors' Office with violation of the Republic Act 9516, or The Illegal Possession of Firearms, Ammunition or Explosives Used in the Manufacture.
Records from CIDG Davao Region showed that the suspect was arrested in a pursuit operation among the National Highway in Barangay Madidis in Datu Paglas, Maguindanao around 11 a.m. of August 30.
"Actually, we at the CIDG with the Air Intelligence Security Group (AISG), 6th Infantry Division, conducted earlier an entrapment operation against the group in Digos City. Kasi there's a report na nandun ang grupo," Ferro said.
But Ferro said the suspects, including the person who was killed in a shootout with the authorities, eluded the entrapment operation; thus the pursuit operation followed.
Ferro said his team already coordinated with the CIDG-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) and other government forces.
Personnel of the CIDG with Maguindanao Provincial Police Office (MPPO), 6th Infantry Division, and Datu Paglas Municipal Police Station, were able to monitor and pursue the suspects’ vehicle.
Ferro said the authorities were able to corner the two suspects in Barangay Madidis, Datu Paglas that resulted to a shootout that killed one Nadzir Palakasi Mongkas.
Guialudin was arrested.
Recovered from the possession of the suspects were three units of a caliber .50 Barret homemade guns without serial numbers, one unit of M16 rifle with serial number 900125, and one unit Ultimax with serial number 11796.
The authorities also recovered two caliber.45 pistols, two empty magazines of M16 rifle with 20 rounds capacity, two empty alarm clock boxes with markings, a complete set of Improvised Explosive Device (IED), and the multicab.
The multicab was owned by a certain Montaser Amulan, of Malala in Datu Paglas in Maguindanao. He added that as of now, the items recovered are still subject for investigation, authorities said.
The IEDs were turned over to the 33-Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)-A of the 2nd Platoon of the Army's 3rd Company, while the rest of the evidences are under the watch of the CIDG-Armm.
"The successful operation was a result of tight collaboration of the intelligences of PNP and Armed Force of the Philippines (AFP) after a month long intelligence build up to identify and neutralize these threat persons responsible in the recent spate of bombing incidents in Mindanao," Ferro said.
Guialudin is now detained at the CIDG-Armm. In an earlier report, the suspect admitted to the authorities he was send to deliver the assorted high-powered firearms and bomb to a buyer in Davao Oriental.
But Guialudin denied that he owned those firearms recovered from him and from Mongkas. He said he ventured to such work because he has been unemployed but never been involved in bombing incidents.
According to a source, the improvised bombs with cellular phones as trigger mechanisms were signature armament of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, a breakaway group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, against the military in Maguindanao.
Ferro said the operation was made days after the authorities had received a report that the suspects will transport explosives from Datu Paglas to Davao City. (Ivy C. Tejano)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 04, 2013.