THREE Abra residents were arrested by the local police in separate anti-crime operations which netted loose firearms and ammunition, Cordillera Police Regional Office director, Chief Superintendent Elmo Francis Sarona said yesterday.
“This is in line with our ongoing crackdown against private armed groups which are in possession of illegal weapons that may be used in the commission of crimes in Abra and other parts of Cordillera region,” said the official.
Two of the suspects identified as Cesar Blanes, a 48-year old butcher and Manuel Labaoan, 40, a driver, were arrested in separate raids conducted by the local police on the strength of search warrants for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 issued by Judge Raphiel Alzate of the Bangued Regional Trial Court Branches 1 and 58 in Bangued and Bucay municipalities, respectively.
Blanes was arrested inside his residence in Sitio Turod, Barangay Calaba in Bangued which yielded one caliber .45 pistol and a magazine containing 12 live ammunition while Labaoan was placed under arrest after officers who searched his residence in Bgy. Cabaroan in Tayum municipality recovered a loaded cal. .45 pistol.
The semi-automatic pistols with serial nos. 835621 and 258910 have been subjected into ballistics examination to determine if they were used in gun-related incidents in the province.
The 3rd suspect identified as Angelo Alfiler, 47, was arrested inside his residence in Bgy. Velasco in Tayum where a cal. .22 rifle without serial number and four live ammunition were recovered.
Sarona said the suspects are now facing charges for violation of RA 10591.