Pamatong charged with illegal possession of firearms, explosives

THE Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)-Cagayan de Oro filed illegal possession of firearms and explosives charges, among others, against self-proclaimed president of the Philippines Elly Pamatong at the City Prosecutor's Office on Monday, September 4.

Senior Police Officer 4 Noel Oclarit, City Executive Senior Police Officer of the CIDG-Cagayan de Oro, said Pamatong, a lawyer, has been charged with violations of Republic Act (RA) 9516 or the illegal possession of explosives, RA 10591 or the illegal possession of firearms, RA 8491 otherwise known as an Act prescribing the Code of the National Flag, Anthem, Motto, Coat-Of Arms, and other Heraldic Items and Devices of the Philippines, and Article 177 of the Revised Penal Code for the improper use of names and uniforms.

"Daghan na kaayo ta ug narecieve na reklamo diha sa ilang lugar nga dunay mga pagdala-dala ug mga firearms sa mga naka-uniporme. In fact, naa pa sa social media na gideclare didto na Presidente na daw siya, ug inverted ang paggamit niya sa atong national flag, meaning ga-delcare na siya ug war against sa country," Oclarit said.

During the raid, operatives of the Martial Law-Special Action Group (ML-SAG) recovered a caliber .45 pistol, two fragmentation grenades, military uniforms, combat boots, inverted Philippine flags, American flags, and other items inside Pamatong’s compound in Barangay Tablon, called “Palacio Mailakandian de Oro” or the “world’s smallest, poorest presidential palace” by Pamatong and his followers.

Oclarit however clarified that Pamatong's case does not include rebellion as yet as there has been no uprising as yet.

"Murag gasugod pa ni iyang movement, wala pa gayuy uprising," he said.

Oclarit said once a warrant of arrest will be issued, Pamatong will be considered a fugitive.

Oclarit added Pamatong's organization, the United States of America Freedom Fighters in the Far East, has over 1,000 members in Cagayan de Oro. It is said to have some 30 camps all over the country.

By virtue of 42 search warrants issued by a Regional Trial Court in Gingoog City, joint police and military operatives swooped down on some 42 houses in Pampatong's compound on August 31.

Pamatong, who has been declared by authorities as armed and dangerous, remains nowhere to be found after eluding authorities.
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