Cache of weapons seized in Bel-Air raid

AGENTS of the Regional Special Opserations Unit of the National Capital Region Police Office seized a cache of unlicensed weapons and ammunition in a raid at the posh Bel-Air III Subdivision on Saturday in Makati City.

However, the target of the raid identified as Victor Africa Caluag, 52,  alias ‘Victor Emmanuel Africa Caluag’ was not around when officers searched his house at No. 41 Solar Street in Bel-Air III, at around 4 a.m.

NCRPO director Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said the raid led to the confiscation of an automatic rifle, seven handguns, 10 boxes containing 294 various bullets, three small heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, 12 bottles containing suspected ‘Ketarol’ liquid substance and different drug paraphernalia.

Eleazar said the raid was triggered by information from a concerned citizen that Caluag is in possession of high-powered firearms and ammunition. A check with the Philippine National Police Firearms and Explosives Office showed that the suspect was indeed a licensed firearm’s holder although his licenses have all expired a few years ago and he failed to renew them.

He added that the raid was part of their ongoing operation to account for all illegal weapons that could be used to disrupt the holding of a peaceful and orderly May 13 national and local elections.