MANILA -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is looking into the procurement of various firearms, ammunitions, and explosive devices used by the Maute Group in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.
AFP chief-of-staff General Eduardo Año issued such statement after he came to know about the three legal gun stores operating in the city, which supplies firearms and ammunition to Maute.
Año said that he was surprised by the legality of selling firearms and ammunitions in Marawi City.
"Dito sa Pilipinas pag marami kang pera madali lang gawan ng paraan yan para mag procure ka ng mga armas. Dapat nga istriktohan na ang batas sa pagbebenta ng bala at armas (Here in the Philippines if you have plenty of money, you can easily procure firearms. We should have a stricter law about selling of firearms)," he added.
As to the report that some members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) owned the gun stores in Marawi City, Año said the right agency to investigate on the matter is the PNP and the National Bureau of Investigation.
PNP director General Ronald dela Rosa is already aware of the three legal gun stores in Marawi City and the report on the police involvement on these stores, he said.
Año also said that the PNP is also conducting investigation on the matter.