CIDG to file raps vs gunrunning leader

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Monday, January 13, 2014


THE Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)-Davao is set to file charges before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office of Davao del Norte today, Monday, against a suspected gunrunning syndicate leader who was nabbed in Sto. Tomas last Friday.

Chief Inspector Darwin Rafer, CIDG Davao del Norte chief, identified the suspect as Rodel Aguilos Cabiling Sr., 52, a boundary guard of the Tagum Development Cooperative, and a resident of Purok 6, Sta. Lucia, Barangay Balagunan in Sto. Tomas.

Rafer said the suspect is the leader of the Cabiling Gunrunning Syndicate that operates in Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte.

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He said the suspect was arrested in an entrapment operation at Purok 6 Cantere in Barangay Balagunan, Sto. Tomas at 6 a.m.

CIDG-Davao Director Joel Pernito said the suspect will be charged with violation of the Republic Act (RA) 10591, or The Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition, as per advised of the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office.

Recovered from the suspect’s possession were a .45 caliber ACP pistol, three magazines of the .45 caliber pistol, 22 live ammunitions, and one holster for a .45 caliber pistol.

Pernito said their team in Davao del Norte started monitoring the suspect's group since October 2013. He added that the group’s proliferation of loose firearms led to a series of shooting incidents in the province.

"In fact, this proliferation of loose firearms has become prevalent and alarming in the Province of Davao del Norte. Based in our initial investigation, most of the perpetrators use loose firearms to carry out their illegal activities," Pernito said.

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

Pernito said the CIDG has noted five suspected gunrunners arrested this month, as well as the arrest of the two most wanted persons in the region, and the neutralization of “Nacario Carnapping Group.”

The suspects are now detained at the CIDG-Davao.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 13, 2014.

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