Cops raid gun factory

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Thursday, April 24, 2014


OPERATIVES of the Davao Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) seized at least 17 high–powered firearms in a raid at several gun manufacturing houses and arrested a suspected gunrunning syndicate leader in Sta. Cruz town in Davao del Sur on Tuesday.

CIDG 11 director Senior Supt. Joel C. Pernito identified the suspect as Walter Generosa Miano, alias Loloy, 50, a construction worker, resident of Barangay Sunto in Sta. Cruz town in Davao del Sur. Miano is also tagged as leader of the Loloy Miano Gun Manufacturing.

Recovered from the house of the suspect were two air gun rifles, a caliber .38 revolver with the serial number 101214, improvised homemade gun, and an improvised marble gun.

Also recovered from the shop 20 meters away from the house were four bench vice grips, two manual grinders, two manual drill press, and a revolver.

The operatives also recovered four caliber .38 revolvers, one air gun, one black holster, 29 live ammunition of caliber .38 revolver and 33 empty shell of caliber .38 revolver from the house of a certain Jimmy Tondag, who is believed to be a member of the gun running syndicate.

Authorities also recovered three table clumps, manual grinders, one improvised acetylene, manual drill, three hack saw and assorted tools used in manufacturing homemade guns from a house at Sitio Kiawet in Barangay Zone 2 in Sta. Cruz town.

Recovered also from a house at Pilan River in Barangay Goma at Zone 4 in Sta. Cruz town were five caliber .38 revolvers, one bolt action homemade shotgun, one magazine assembly for a homemade shotgun, 19 half moon files, 15 flat files, 8 triangle files, electric and manual drill presses, six bench vice presses, and assorted tools.

The CIDG in coordination with the Police Regional Office (PRO) 11, Davao del Sur Provincial Police Office, Sta. Cruz Municipal Police Station, and Maritime Group, arrested Miano at Sitio Kiawet around 9:10 a.m. following the two search warrants issued by Judge Pelagio Paguican, of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 12 on April 15.

Pernito, in an interview, said the CIDG together with other government unit started monitoring the operation of the Loloy Miano Gun Manufacturing since December 2013. He added that the authorities have been doing surveillance and test buy to validate the information given to them.

"This proliferation of loose firearms has become prevalent and alarming. Binibenta nga lang each for P2,500… anyone can buy but I tell you, once bumili ka ng loose firearms, pupwede ka rin makulong. Kasi kahit ano man gawin mo, hindi ka naman mabibigyan ng permit or license to carry firearms," Pernito said.

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. He added that the unit will continue to look for those people manufacturing and selling loose firearms.

The authorities launched Wednesday a pursuit operation against the members of the gun manufacturing.

The suspects involved on the issue will be charged for violation of the Republic Act 10591, or The Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition and Providing Penalties for Violation.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 24, 2014.

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