HUNDREDS of ammunition and several firearms accessories were left among the relief goods intended for Marawi City, police said.
Mandaluyong City Police director Joaquin Alva said a software engineer discovered the bullets and gun parts inside an eco bag while sorting the donations intended for Marawi City around 6 a.m. Monday in his condominium unit in Mandaluyong City.
Among the items found were 159 pieces of .9mm pistol bullets, a .9mm single stock magazine, a gun holster, a pair of pistol hand grips and a gun cleaning kit.
Alva said the police traced the origin of the donations from the office of a certain AJ Salvani Cubarrubia.
"Pinuntahan naman natin ‘yung pinaggalingan nung donations at lumalabas na naglagay lang siya ng malaking box sa harap ng office n’ya para nga sa donations para sa Marawi and it was a three-day load bago niya pinadala sa Edicute Inc.," he said.
Alva said Cubarrubia claimed that he can no longer trace where the certain eco bag containing the said items came from.
The Edicute Inc. is a non-government organization collecting donations intended for the people caught in the ongoing crisis in Marawi.
On May 23, government troops launched military operations in Marawi City after receiving information that the leader of the Islamic State-backed Maute terror group Isnilon Hapilon was in the area.
The operation resulted in the firefight between the government troops and the bandits. (SunStar Philippines)