Farmer nabbed for possession of gun seized by rebels from San Narciso police station

December 23, 2009 11:10 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 23 -– Pursuing government forces captured a farmer in Quezon province for possession of firearms, one of which was among the guns seized from the San Narciso Municipal Police Station (MPS) by communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels last Sunday.

Chief Supt. Perfecto Palad, CALABARZON Police Regional Office (PRO) director, said Ildefonso Masaganda, 56, a farmer and resident of Sitio Mabilog, Barangay Buenavista, San Narciso town, was arrested by combined police and military elements on Tuesday afternoon.

Palad said Masaganda was found in possession of a caliber .38 handgun without serial number, a homemade shotgun, and six rounds of M16 ammunition.

Quoting reports from the field, Palad said the hand gun confiscated from Masaganda was among the several firearms carted away by NPA rebels last December 20.

Palad said the suspect is now under custody at the San Narciso MPS pending filing of criminal charges.

Earlier, Palad ordered the relief of the entire San Narciso MPS and subsequent investigation was conducted against all personnel to determine possible lapses that led to the successful raid by more or less 70 NPA rebels.

Palad said he tapped elements of the Quezon Provincial Mobile Group (PMG) to take over the San Narciso MPS. (PNA) scs/MM

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