THE Philippine National Police and the Army leadership have agreed to conduct a joint investigation into the source of an estimated P1.2 million worth of guns and high-powered ammunition seized from a couple believed to be members of a syndicate supplying weapons and bullets to lawless elements.
PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said he has already talked to Gen. Filemon Santos, the commanding general of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division, who agreed with him in the conduct of a joint investigation into the matter.
“They (Army) are so much willing to cooperate in this ongoing investigation of a very serious matter,” the top cop said. He said it would be very dangerous if the nearly 13,000 rounds of live ammunition and high-powered firearms were not seized by the National Capital Region Police Office and ended up being sold to enemies of the State.
The PNP chief said he has been assured by Gen. Santos of their full cooperation into the investigation amid information from the arrested suspects that the weapons and ammunition came from their contacts in Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija which is the headquarters of the Army’s 7th ID.
Edgardo and Rosemarie Medel, both residents of Landville Subdivision, Barangay Pambuan in Gapan City, Nueva Ecija, were arrested in firearms buy-bust at a gasoline service station on North Luzon Expressway in Valenzuela City.
Recovered during the operation were two 5.56 assault rifles, a handgun and 12,893 rounds of live ammunition for M-60 light machinegun and M-16 rifles.
NCRPO chief Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said that there is the possibility that a rogue soldier could have illegally “stockpiled” the ammunition during his active days before selling them to contacts upon retirement. However, the PNP chief said that they can easily identify which AFP unit or office was issued those ammunition with Lot Numbers with the help of the AFP leadership.