AT least 159 bullets and gun accessories concealed in a box supposed to contain relief donations for displaced residents of Marawi City were found in a condominium in Mandaluyong City Monday night, police said yesterday.
Eastern Police District (EPD) director Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula said Mohaimen Mutalib, 28, software engineer, native of Marawi City, found the ammunition and accessories in his unit at 222 Tower 2, Avida Tower Center, EDSA cor. Reliance St., Mandaluyong City.
Senior Supt. Joaquin Alva, Mandaluyong Police chief, said Mutalib was sorting out donations he got to be sent to Marawi evacuees when he found the bullets and gun parts in a box wrapped in an ecobag at around 6 p.m.
According to Alva, the box came from the office of a certain AJ Salvani Cubarrubia, an employee of Pavillion Mall located at Greenfields District in Brgy. Highway Hills, Mandaluyong.
The donations were intended to be delivered to Marawi City through a non-government organization called Edicute Inc. The organization was gathering and collecting donations for the people affected by the crisis in Marawi City.
Mutalib immediately called the Mandaluyong police which responded and recovered 159 pieces of .9mm pistol bullets, a .9mm single stock magazine, a gun holster, a pair of pistol hand grips, and a gun cleaning kit inside the eco-bag, which was marked “Lito Grey”.
“Si Cubarrubia ay nangangalap din ng donations for Marawi at dinala kay Mutalib sa pamamagitan ng NGO na Edicute Inc. I-establish natin yung link ng mga taong ito sa Marawi,”Alva said.
Police are investigating if the donors were supporters of Maute who laid siege on Marawi City a month ago.
“Baka supporter or sympathizer ito ng Maute group and try nila kung lulusot yung pagtatago ng ganitong uri ng kargamento sa donations na ipinadadala sa Marawi City,” the official added.
Alva said they are focusing the investigation on Cubarrubia and another possible donor who sent the bullets and gun accessories.
The two persons of interest could be charged with illegal possession of ammunition and for rebellion.