CAMP Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet -- Seven alleged members of the “Bagni Group” and its leader in Cordillera was finally arrested in simultaneous operations for violation of loose firearm law, Police Regional Office Cordillera (PRO-COR) director Chief Supt. Rolando Z. Nana announced yesterday.
C/Supt. Nana identified the suspects as Reymund Barbero Bagni, Gordon Jackson Walis, Gilbert Balacdey Loreto, Shobert Sumalnap Ubuagan, Eljhon Ubuagan Sumalnao, Florencio Ayao Beronilla, Dearly Langgi Beronilla, and Jerome Berona Guerrero, all of Sallapadan, Abra.
The official said they were all captured by combined personnel of Tuba MPS, CIDG RFU+CAR and Benguet PMFC in Sitio Barakbak, Bgy. Ansagan, Tuba, Benguet, recently by virtue of a search warrant issued by Judge Danilo P. Camacho, RTC vice executive judge of La Trinidad, Benguet.
Confiscated from the eight were three shotguns; two cal. .22 rifles, an M-16 rifle, five magazines for M-16 rifle, four magazine assemblies for cal. .22, three live ammo for 12-gauge shotgun, and 38 live ammunition for M-16 rifle.
Raymund Bagni, the leader of the group, was formerly an alleged New People’s Army member who surrendered during the Marcos administration while the members were alleged members of the Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CPLA).
The suspects’ group were engaged in gun- running and land grabbing activities of which some prominent personalities were using them in their criminal acts.
Nana said this accomplishment is one of the numerous triumphs in the campaign against loose firearms and dismantling of organized crime groups of PRO-COR. Authorities are still investigating the group for the arrest of more members.