SAN Antonio, Nueva Ecija -- Police manning anti-criminality checkpoints in this town apprehended on separate occasions seven persons, including two active policemen and a former lawman on board two SUVs after a routine inspection on their vehicles yielded three unlicensed pistols loaded with several ammunition.
Acting provincial police head Senior Supt. Leon Victor Z. Rosete identified three of those arrested as Roberto Mallare, 45, businessman, of Bgy. Papaya, this town, his companions, Harold Magsipoc, 36, protection agent, of Bgy. Bagong Silang, Caloocan City, and Christian Agaming, 46, a former policeman who allegedly went absent without official leave (AWOL), of Blk. 20, Lot 19, Marina St., Greenfields 3, Novaliches, Quezon City.
Also being questioned were two active cops accompanying Mallare’s group riding in a light brown Chevrolet TrailBlazer SUV (BCV-198). The two lawmen were identified as PO3 Victor Aquino, 43, a member of the Anti-Carnapping Unit of the Quezon City Police District, of Ramirez Subd., Novaliches, QC; and PO3 Mark Oliver Olayvar, 34, a member of the Na-votas City Police Station.
Rosete said the suspects’ SUV was flagged down at 3:50 a.m. yesterday at a checkpoint in Bgy. Santa Cruz by members of the local police, the Provincial Intelligence Branch, the Provincial Counter-Intelligence-Special Operations Unit, the provincial mobile force company and the regional mobile force battalion headed, respectively by Chief Insp. Marlon Cudal, Supt. Alexie Desamito, Chief Insp. Eisbon Llamasares and Supt. Alexander Aurelio.
During routine plain-view inspection, Rosete said the checkpoint team was able to obtain from the SUV vehicle, two cal. .45 pistols with magazines loaded with 20 ammunition.
During interrogation, the two lawmen yielded their sidearms for verification -- Aquino his PNP-issued Glock cal. 40 pistol with a magazine loaded with 14 live ammos and Olayvar, his Pietro Berretta cal. 9mm pistol with 15 bullets inserted in its magazine.
Cudal said the two lawmen were just visitors invited to a birthday party graced by the group prior to the operation. “’Di kasama ang active na pulis, bisita lang nila sa birthday. ’Yun AWOL (na pulis) lang kasama sa grupo,” Cudal said in his Messenger message to this reporter yesterday.
Rosete said the suspects’ arrest came after he ordered his men to conduct intensified checkpoint and dragnet operations within the vicinity following a tip from a concerned citizen about the presence of suspicious personalities carrying firearms roaming in the area.
In another checkpoint operation by the same composite police unit, nabbed were Reynaldo Aguilar, 44, alias Rey, jobless, of St. James St., Bgy. 186, Admi Tala, Caloocan City, a native of Paniqui, Tarlac; and Alfredo Mallare Jr., 22, fruit vendor, of Malvar St., Bgy. 178, Camarin, Caloocan City, a native of Bgy. San Mariano, this town.
They were collared while riding a red Mitsubishi Adventure GLS Sport (ZNL-910) at 8:55 p.m. Sunday.
Police nabbed the duo after operatives seized from their vehicle during the conduct of plain view inspection an unlicensed cal. .45 pistol and cash amounting to P61,500.
Cudal said they are still investigating if both suspects were involved in robbery and other criminal activities.
Rosete said criminal charges for violation of RA 10591 are being readied for filing against them before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Cabanatuan City.