AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-National Capital Region Field Unit yesterday arrested three suspected members of a gunrunning and robbery-holdup group operating in Metro Manila during an entrapment operation in Pasig City, officials said.
CIDG-NCR chief, Senior Superintendent Arnold Tomas C. Ibay identified the trio as John Ryan Suarez alias ‘Bandal,’ a 34-year old driver from no. 204 Block 4, Ilugin Street, Barangay Pinagbuhatan and his cohorts Amado Gaspar, 39, and Kim Marollano, 30, both also Bgy. Pinagbuhatan residents.
In a report to PNP-CIDG director, Chief Supt. Amador V. Corpus, the official said that the three were arrested while conspiring to sell unlicensed firearms to an undercover officer of the CIDG-NCR Eastern Field District along Mulawin Street corner Greenwoods Avenue in Bgy. Pinagbuhatan at 3:20 a.m. yesterday.
Ibay said that his men led by Chief Inspector Benigno Meneses, with the assistance of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit of the Pasig City Police Station recovered nine heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, a Colt caliber .38 revolver with six live ammunition, a cal. .22 revolver with three live ammunition and six cal. .45 ammunition from the possession of Suarez.
On the other hand, Gaspar yielded a cal. .380 Llama with seven bullets.
The suspect’s Mitsubishi Montero with plate no. ABJ-6697 was also impounded by the CIDG-NCR after a search of the vehicle yielded three plastic packets containing suspected shabu.
According to Ibay, the arrest of the three came following information that they are involved in gunrunning, gun-for-hire, robbery-holdup and illegal drug activities in Pasig City and some parts of Rizal and Bulacan provinces.
“Suarez is the known leader of the Bandal Criminal Gang which is long under the radar of the police for its involvement in robbery-holdup, drug trafficking and gun-for-hire and gunrunning activities in the country,” said Ibay.
He said that charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 will be filed against the suspects.