PNP seizes cache of firearms in Cavite

May 25, 2010 8:22 pm 

MANILA, May 25 – Police authorities in Cavite seized a cache of high-powered firearms during an operation in Barangay Calibuyo, Tanza town early Tuesday morning.

CALABARZON Police Regional Office (PRO) director Chief Supt. Rolando Anonuevo said the successful operation was conducted by virtue of a search warrant issued by Judge Cesar Mangrobang of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 22 of Cavite.

Anonuevo said that combined elements of the Cavite Provincial Police Office (PPO) swooped down on the residence of Escolastico Mintu, a member of the Tanza Public Market Security Personnel, in Sitio Bagumpook, Barangay Calibuyo in Tanza town at around 4:30 a.m.

Mintu was suspected to be a member of the notorious Ambagan group operating in Cavite.

Based on the record of the Regional Intelligence Division of PRO4-A Ambagan group is a notorious criminal gang involved in gun-for-hire and liquidation and used as private armed group by some politicians in Cavite.

“We are looking into the involvement of these people in the several killings happen in Cavite prior to election” said Anonuevo.

The search operation was conducted in an orderly manner and witnessed by barangay official. Mintu and Ramil Mintu were immediately put under arrest.

Recovered from the suspects were a Cal 5.56 Colt rifle SN 9162511 loaded with one magazine with 30 live ammunition; an empty magazine for M-16 rifle; one 12 gauge shot gun with SN 17557 loaded with 15 live ammunition; a rifle grenade with SN AV-0067-89; one caliber .22 rifle (Rogunz) loaded with one round live ammunition; a Colt .45 pistol C44784 loaded with one round magazine with 10live ammunition; and different firearms holsters and paraphernalia.

The suspects and confiscated pieces of evidence were brought to Tanza municipal police station (MPS) for proper disposition while appropriate charges are being prepared for filing in court.

“The election is over but the campaign against criminal gangs and partisan armed groups will be sustained to maintain the success of the Gun Ban implementation and peace in the region”, said Anonuevo. (PNA) RMA/MM

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