PATROLLING agents of the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group late Friday afternoon arrested a 47-year old Marawi City native who yielded a loaded firearm and shabu following a brief chase in Guiguinto, Bulacan, PNP-HPG director, Brigadier General Eliseo DC Cruz announced yesterday.
According to the official, suspect Pendaton Sarip Guilang, a resident of no. 77 San Guillermo Street, Purok 5, Bayanan, Muntinlupa City tried to escape while being flagged down by a team of officers from the Regional Highway Patrol Unit 3 who spotted him driving a suspicious vehicle along Cyberville Avenue in Guiguinto town past 5 p.m. Friday.
"We have arrested and jailed a man who is dangerously in possession of a loaded gun and shabu and who tried to elude our operatives who tried to accost him. Right now, we're investigating his real background," said Cruz in a report to PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa.
Cruz said that a team of officers from Bulacan Provincial Highway Patrol Team composed of Major Michael Lava, Captain Pepito Chanliongco and Staff Sergeant Charlton Custodio were conducting an anti-carnapping patrol along Cyberville Avenue when they spotted the suspect on board a Nissan Urvan with improvised plate no. ABO-5542 but without any validating Land Transportation Office sticker.
When the HPG officers signaled the driver to pull over for a routine inspection, the latter stepped on the gas and headed towards the NLEX Sta. Rita Exit where he was eventually intercepted by the operatives.
Cruz said that when SSgt. Custodio approached the driver, he noticed a firearm on the front seat beside the suspect, half of the weapon covered with a blanket but its grip protruding prompting them to place the suspect under arrest.
The official said that Guilang, also a resident of no 1171 Umboy Street in San Antonio, Biñan City, Laguna and Bgy. Kadayonan in Marawi City failed to present any papers for the weapon: a chamber-loaded caliber .380 pistol with a magazine containing seven live ammunition as well as a pouch which was found containing 17 spare bullets.
Cruz said that the suspect likewise presented a photocopy of an LTO Certificate of Registration and Official Receipt with highly-irregular details. The CR and OR presented by the suspect showed that the van’s registered owner is a woman from San Rafael III, Noveleta, Cavite.
During a thorough search of the vehicle, the HPG operatives found an open box at the back passenger seat which yielded three plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, four lighters, four strips of used aluminum foils and a wallet containing P5,260 in various denominations.
Cruz said that a record check showed that the van’s engine and chassis numbers were not included in the HPG Vehicle Information Management System and list of Alarmed/Stolen Motor Vehicles as of yesterday.