AGENTS of the National Capital Region Office of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group have launched an intensified drive against gun trafficking syndicates to prevent illegal weapons from being used to disrupt the May 13 national and local elections, officials told the Journal Group yesterday.
“We’re going all out against organized crime gangs in the metropolis in coordination with the National Capital Region Police Office and targeting big-time gangs including those involved in the sale and distribution of high-powered firearms,” said CIDG-NCR chief Superintendent Arnold Thomas C. Ibay.
Scores of known illegal weapon traffickers have been killed in gunbattles with CIDG-NCR operatives in different parts of Metro Manila since last year, Ibay said.
Around 8 p.m. last Tuesday, CIDG-NCR operatives killed a suspected leader of a notorious crime group in Camanava district during a firefight in Caloocan City.
Suspect Romeo Carlos Jr. alias ‘Eman Taba,’ a 38-year old resident of Block 33, Lot 4, Hipon Street in Barangay 12, Caloocan City exchanged fire with undercover officers of the CIDG Northern District Field Unit after he sensed he was dealing with a cop, said Ibay.
In a report to PNP-CIDG chief incoming Police Director Amador V. Corpus, Ibay said that members of the CIDG Northern DFU were backed up by operatives from the Caloocan City Police Station and the Northern Police District Special Operations Unit under Chief Supt. Rolando B. Anduyan in conducting the anti-crime operation.
Ibay described Carlos as the leader of the Eman Crime Group involved in carnapping, gunrunning and illegal drug trafficking in Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela cities.
He said that the slain suspect was also listed as the no. 2 target of the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council of Bgy. 12 prior to the buy-bust operation.
Ibay said recovered during the sting were one .38 revolver without serial number and containing three live ammunition and a spent cartridge, five heat-sealed plastic sachets containing some three grams of suspected shabu valued at P15,000 and the boodle money topped by a marked P1,000 bill.