3 gunrunning suspects nabbed

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Saturday, January 11, 2014


THE Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested on Friday three suspected members of a notorious gunrunning group in an entrapment operation inside an establishment on Duterte Street in Davao City.

Arrested were Ronald Austria Galendes, alias Mac-Mac, 28, of Nova Tierra; Adell Remarca Gravador, alias Aging, 21, of Malita in Davao del Sur; and Jay Anthony Lazaro, alias Tangkag, 31, of Barangay Bangkas in Toril.

Personnel of the CIDG-Davao City led by Chief Inspector Warren E. Dablo, with its Regional Special Operation Team (RSOT) led by Senior Inspector Francis B. Sonza, arrested the three suspects around 3:30 p.m.

CIDG-Davao Director Joel C. Pernito said the suspects were arrested after a CIDG agent who acted as poseur buyer handed P2,000 in cash to one of the three suspects.

"(There was) a commotion (during the arrest) at the complex but the team immediately calmed down the situation and fortunately, no one was hurt during the operation," Pernito said.

He said their unit monitored the suspects' involvement in a series of gunrunning activities in Davao for the past months.

Pernito said the three suspects are members of the notorious "Trip Gang," a gunrunning syndicate operating in the region, particularly in Davao City.

Members have been identified as high profiled criminals, he added.

"We learned that this people are not only involved in gunrunning but also in other crimes such as gang war, robbery and holdup, and series of shooting incidents involving minor as victim -- one of these incidents took place at Victoria Plaza in Bajada last month," Pernito said.

The operation was part of CIDG's Oplan Paglalansag, a campaign against loose firearms, and Oplan Salikop, a campaign against organized crime groups.

Seized from the suspects were four P500 nills, 1911 caliber .45 pistol and one magazine. The suspects are now detained at the CIDG-Davao jail facility for proper disposition.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 12, 2014.

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