National Capital Region Police Office agents seize weapons in Bel-Air raid

Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar

AGENTS of the Regional Special Operations Unit of the National Capital Region Police Office on Saturday seized a cache of unlicensed weapons and ammunition being kept by a 52-year old resident of the posh Bel-Air III Subdivision in Makati City, NCRPO director, Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar announced yesterday.

However, the target of the search warrant identified as Victor Africa Caluag alias ‘Victor Emmanuel Africa Caluag’ was not around when officers searched his house at no. 41 Solar Street in Bel-Air III around 4 a.m. Saturday, the NCRPO director said.

Eleazar said that on the strength of a search warrant for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 issued by Judge Rommel Baybay of the Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch 132 last Thursday,  NCRPO-RSOU operatives raided Caluag’s residence.

The search led in the confiscation of one automatic rifle, seven handguns, 10 boxes containing 294 various live ammunition, 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. The NCRPO director said that a check with the Philippine National Police Firearms and Explosives Office showed that the accused was indeed a licensed firearm’s holder although his licenses have all expired a few years ago and he failed to renew them.