Guns, contraband seized in Baseco

AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-National Capital Region and the Manila Police District past 1 a.m. yesterday stormed six suspected criminal hideouts in Baseco Compound in Port Area, Manila where they seized a cache of firearms and ammunition, drug paraphernalia and illegal gambling machines, PNP-CIDG chief Director Amador V. Corpus said.

The raiders from the CIDG-NCR and the CIDG Manila District Field Unit, backed by the MPD SWAT and MPD Station 5 operatives, simultaneously served six search warrants for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 issued by Judge Mary Quimpo Sale of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 106, said the PNP-CIDG chief.

“This is part of our ongoing effort to account for loose firearms and organized crime gangs in Metro Manila as ordered by Gen. Corpus,” said CIDG-NCR chief, Superintendent Arnold Thomas C. Ibay.

Ibay said eight men were arrested during the raids. One of them, Rigor Espinosa, the subject of the raid at 2nd Street, Muelle del Rio, Port Area, yielded a caliber .45 pistol with serial no. 516866 with a magazine containing seven live ammunition.

Another target identified as Edmund Cayanan was arrested in his residence at Block 17, Baseco Compound. The suspect yielded a 12-gauge shotgun with serial no. 882529 with five bullets.

A third, identified as Roel Sarandin, was arrested in his residence at Block 17 while in possession of a home-made cal. .38 revolver with three bullets.

A raid at Block 6 in the same compound yielded negative result although four men identified as Gabby Ayo, Mark Alejandro, Edmund Dureza and Jessy Malinis were arrested after they were caught in the act of engaging in illegal gambling. Recovered during the operation were two video-karera machines, two fruit game machines, P1,200 in coins and assorted drug paraphernalia.

The fifth raid in nearby Block 17 led to the arrest of Jaime Rosini who was found in possession of a cal. 38 revolver with ammunition.

Appropriate criminal charges are being readied against the arrested suspects, said Ibay.