8 bagged for illegal firearms

CORDILLERA'S Police Regional Office intensified campaign against loose firearms led into the arrest of eight persons due to the regular conduct of checkpoints and service of warrants.

During the conduct of checkpoint in Tabuk City, seven individuals were taken into custody after they failed to present pertinent documents to possess firearm and ammunition in the afternoon of November 11 at Talaka, Agbannawag.

The arrested individual were identified as Nestor Sabawil, 23, farmer, driver and his passengers namely Aries Dawing Macaiba, 19; Julius Tupay Innog, 21; JR Longdason Gayyad, 22; Jeppy Appag Wassigan, 21; Hogan Goyagoy Paclay, 26; and Rubin Longdason Baccoy, 25, all residents of Brgy. Lacnog, Tabuk City.

The gun owners were arrested by joint personnel of Tabuk CPS and 3rd Maneuver Company, Regional Mobil Force Brigade 15.

Prior to their arrest, authorities flagged down a hand tractor where the suspects were riding and conducted an inspection and noticed a green sling bag.

Upon inspection, authorities were to recover a .357 revolver with markings S&W .357 Magnum without serial number and loaded with six ammunitions.

Despite no one admitting ownership of the contrabands and the absence of pertinent document of ownership, they were still placed into custody.
Another gun holder, identified as Renato Molina Javier, 65, unemployed was arrested in his residence at San Jose Norte, Manabo, Abra during the simultaneous implementation of search warrants in the early morning of November 10 by the combined Intelligence operatives of PROCOR, Regional Intelligence Unit-14, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, and personnel of Manabo MPS.

Judge Raphiel Alzate of RTC Branch 58, Bucay, Abra issued the search warrant which led to the seizure of one Bersa Thunder caliber 380 pistol with Serial No. 357432, 12 ammunitions and two magazines.

The Police Center Regional Office Cordillera have assured its continuous operations to control the spread of loose firearms to contain criminality, and appealed to the community to support the program.

Authorities also called on all gun owners who have expired licenses to renew their firearms or surrender these to the police for safekeeping to avoid penalties and violations.
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