NFA clarifies ammunition found in private warehouses in Maguindanao

December 6, 2009 1:43 am 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, Dec. 5 — The National Food Authority (NFA) central office here on Saturday clarified that the ammunition found by government security forces in a private warehouse in Maguindanao province was not owned by the agency.

NFA spokesman director Rex Estoperez, in a text message, said he received a message from Mr. Emil Andrion, NFA director in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), saying that the police conducted raid in private warehouses where they found various firearms and marked vehicles.

"Upon verification conducted, it revealed that the raid was conducted on the neighboring private warehouses but not the NFA warehouse," said Andrion in a text message sent to Estoperez.

Earlier reports said that the police found over 90,000 live rounds of ammunition for M16 rifle in an NFA warehouse in Maguindanao, along with firearms and marked vehicles, as authorities continued their search for illegal arms in the province.

PNP Chief Supt. Felicismo Khu, Task Force Alpha Commander, in an interview with media, said the 3 p.m. raid in Shariff Aguak, capital of Maguindanao, and a few meters away from Mamasapano town, led to the discovery of a police vehicle, two local government vehicles, and two armored vehicles.

Police also found buried outside the warehouses several boxes carrying ammunition for M16 rifle, as well as three armalites. These firearms were found concealed inside a bag.

Authorities are currently accounting for the weapons and ammunition found at the raided warehouse. (PNA)

RMA/LGI

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