AUTHORITIES arrested a hotel chef who was found keeping firearms with expired licenses and ammunition during a raid conducted in his house Wednesday evening in Malabon City.
Malabon police chief P/Col. Jessie Tamayao identified the arrested suspect as Mardi Padua, 48, cook at the Peninsula Hotel and resident of 63 M. Santos St., Bgy. Santulan.
The investigation conducted by P/SSgt. Richard Andrew Calaycay and P/SSgt. Philip Cesar Apostol showed that at around 6:50 p.m., joint elements of Malabon Police Community Precinct (PCP) 1 and Station Intelligence Branch (SIB) led by P/Lt. Zoilo Arquillo while armed with a search warrant issued by Malabon Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Ma. Antonia Largoza-Cantero of Branch 291 swooped down on the house of Padua after he failed to process the renewal of licenses of his guns.
Col. Tamayao said the Oplan Katok earlier conducted by police to warned gun owners to renew their expired licenses was no longer being implemented and instead ordered them surrender their firearms for safekeeping.
Recovered from Padua’s house were three units of caliber .9mm pistols, six magazines and 75 pieces of 9mm ammunition.