A COUPLE who were members of a syndicate believed to be supplying weapons and ammunition to criminals were arrested by agents of the National Capital Region Police Office-Regional Special Operations Unit (NCRPO-RSOU) which led to the seizure of an estimated P1.2 million worth of guns and high-powered ammunition in an entrapment operation Sunday in Valenzuela City.
Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde and NCRPO chief Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar identified the suspects as Edgardo and Rosemarie Medel, both residents of Landville Subdivision, Barangay Pambuan in Gapan City, Nueva Ecija. They were arrested in a buy-bust at a gasoline service station on North Luzon Expressway in Valenzuela City.
Gen. Eleazar said the last Sunday night’s operation in Valenzuela City followed a week-long intelligence and surveillance efforts by the NCPRO Regional Intelligence Division headed by Senior Superintendent Glicero Canseran and the NCRPO-RSOU headed by Supt. Rogarth Campo against the suspects.
Recovered during the operation were two 5.56 assault rifles, a handgun and 12,893 rounds of live ammunition for M-60 light machinegun and M-16 rifles.
“I just cannot imagine the death and destruction that will result should these war materials fall into the hands of the New People’s Army, Abu Sayyaf Group, and terror groups,” Gen. Albayalde said as he added that there were intelligence reports that the syndicate is providing armed groups and rogue politicians as far as Mindanao.
The PNP chief said he has ordered a thorough investigation in coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines to determine the source of the seized weapons and ammunition and to possibly identify other persons involved.
He said during the initial questioning, the couple tagged a retired Army soldier from Fort Magsaysay as the source of the weapons confiscated from their possession.
Eleazar said they have learned that the suspects were even making transactions with an inmate detained at the Metro Manila District Jail in Camp Bagong Diwa. The prisoner, according to Eleazar is believed to be the one contacting interested firearms and ammunition buyers from Mindanao.