Camanava raids yield cache of high-powered firearms

COMBINED agents of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-National Capital Region and the Northern Police District yesterday simultaneously raided several anti-crime targets in Camanava district where they seized a cache of illegal high-powered firearms and ammunition, a report to PNP-CIDG chief, Police Major General Amador V. Corpus said.

CIDG-NCR chief, Lt. Col. Arnold Thomas C. Ibay said that armed with six search warrants for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 issued by different Camanava regional trial courts, members of the CIDG Northern Metro Manila District Field Unit  simultaneously stormed their targets in Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela cities at 5 a.m. yesterday.

“This is part of our ongoing effort to account for loose firearms including those with expired licenses and home-made ones which could be used as an instrument of violence in the streets and disrupt the holding of a peaceful and orderly May 13 national and local elections in Metro Manila, the CIDG-NCR chief told the Journal Group.

Ibay said that the raiding team led by Lt. Col. Charlie Cabradilla seized two unlicensed caliber .38 revolvers, 15 live .38 ammunition and five 9mm bullets during the raid at the house of Narciso Capuli at no. 333 Kamansi Street in Barangay 188, Zone 16,  Tala, Caloocan City authorized by Judge Victoriano Cabanos of the Caloocan City RTC Branch 127. The suspect was arrested.

Armed with another search warrant issued by Judge Cabanos, officers also raided the house of Francis de Guzman at no. 235 Libis Talisay Gitna in Bgy. 12, Caloocan City led in the seizure of one cal. .38 revolver with three bullets and three spent cartridges.

The third raid conducted on the basis of a warrant issued by Judge Ma. Antonia Largoza-Cantero at no. 79 Sanchez St. in Tenejeros, Malabon led in the arrest of Marlino Palmario and the recovery of a cal. 5.56 Bushmaster M-16 automatic rifle with an expired license, six M-16 magazines with 50 live ammunition, a Sig Sauer M11-AI cal. 9mm pistol also with an expired license, a Glock 17 pistol with serial no. PLA646, three M16 handles, two M-16 handguards, 623 pieces of live 5.56 ammunition, two 9mm magazines and 53 live 9mm bullets.

A fourth raid at no. 620 Gold Rock Street in Bgy. San Roque, Navotas City conducted on the strength of a search warrant issued by Judge Pedro Dabu Jr.  resulted in the recovery of one cal. .45 pistol, three .45 magazines, 12 .45 bullets, one cal. .38 revolver with two bullets and three spent casings, one improvised cal. .22 pistol with six live ammunition and four 9mm bullets.

The fifth raid at the house of Gil Desalisa at no. 3 P. Serrano Street in Marulas, Valenzuela City made on the basis of a search warrant issued by Judge Ma. Nena Santos led in the confiscation of 70 12-gauge shotgun ammunition.

Ibay said that the arrested suspects and the recovered pieces of evidence were brought to the CIDG Northern DFU. Criminal charges are being readied against the suspects, he added.