Baseco barangay chairwoman faces raps over illegal weapons, ammo

August 13, 2019
Isko Moreno
Mayor Moreno and MPD chief Danao present to media the confiscated guns, ammunition and illegal gambling paraphernalia following a Simultaneous Anti-Criminality Operations (SACLEO) at the Baseco over the weekend. At left is SMART chief Ibay. Photo by Jerry S. Tan

MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday recommended the suspension of a barangay chairwoman after a big number of illegal guns, ammunition and homemade shotguns were confiscated in her area during simultaneous police operations in Baseco over the weekend.

Special Mayor’s Response Team (SMART) chief Maj. Jhun Ibay said the confiscated items included 159 ammunition, 13 handguns, three shotguns, a submachine gun and 46 assorted homemade guns, two hand grenades, two rifle grenades and 15 illegal gambling units of video karera and fruit games.

The MPD headed by Gen. Vicente Danao, Jr. on Friday conducted Simultaneous Anti-Criminality Operations (SACLEO) at the Baseco Compound and about 2,000 men were rounded up and brought to the covered court near the Baseco Police Community Precinct (PCP) for verification if they have standing warrants of arrest. Barangay 619 is said to be under barangay chairperson Diana Espinosa.

Local Government Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III said charges would be filed against the barangay chairperson and barangay officials.

Danao praised Moreno for his “high political will” which resulted in the operations. He said around 2,000 policemen were utilized in the operations.

“Bilang opisyal ng barangay, either wala kang paki o malasakit o nakikinabang ka. You have no business to be there. Wala kang kwenta o protektor ka. It’s either you are with us or against us”, Moreno said. He added that barangays 275, 20, 105, 101, 128, 129 and 123 will be next for SACLEO.

Meanwhile, Moreno directed two developers operating five public markets in Manila to pay within 72 hours their debt to the city amounting to P25.54 million.

He also warned XRC Mall Developers Inc. and Marketlife Management and Leasing Corporation of losing control in operating public markets if they fail to comply. Moreno’s chief of staff Cesar Chavez said the mayor discovered that the two developers were not paying their dues to the city since 2017.                                          

XRC runs the Sta. Ana Market, San Andres Market, Sampaloc Market and Trabajo Market and owe the city P14.38 million April 2017 to July 2019 while Marketlife which operates the Quinta Market has an unpaid debt of P11.16 million.

With Itchie Cabayan