TWO suspects were arrested by authorities for the illegal shipment of smuggled gun parts with estimated worth of P4.5 million.
In a media briefing on Thursday, August 31, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa identified the suspects as Bryan Ta-ala and Wilford Palma, both from Bacolod City.
Dela Rosa noted that Ta-ala is now confined in a hospital in Bacolod City for hypertension.
Before the suspects’ arrest, 23 individuals, including the nine who surrendered before the Major Crimes Investigation Unit (MCIU) of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), reportedly transacted with Ta-ala and Palma.
They were identified as Ronald Santos, Ryan Douglas, Charlie Saavedra, Escalante Joe Alian, Edwin Zambas, Maribel Bautista, Larry Paet, Santiago Macariola Inoferio Jr. and Roderick Oliveros.
Dela Rosa said the nine have expressed willingness to cooperate with the probe being conducted by CIDG on the shipment, trading and selling of smuggled gun parts.