3 caught with illegal firearms at Aklan Port

POLICE Regional Office 6 director, Brigadier General Rene P. Pamuspusan yesterday announced the arrest of three men who tried to smuggle a cache of firearms and ammunition at the Caticlan Port in Malay, Aklan on Monday evening.

“The strict enforcement of the general community quarantine in the Caticlan Port and a tip from an informant led in the arrest of the three,” said the Western Visayas police director.

According to Pamuspusan, members of the local police and the Coast Guard tightened their security check in the port following an information that an unidentified vehicle loaded with firearms and ammunition will be arriving in the area from Batangas City aboard a Starlite vessel.

The official said that at around 9 p.m. Monday, officers intercepted the vessel and arrested its occupants identified as Marvin Miranda,31; Mario Puyal,62; and Adolfo Obiacoro III,34, after a search of their vehicle led in the recovery of the weapons and ammunition.

The confiscated pieces of evidence include  one 12-gauge shotgun with a steel magazine containing 17 ammunition, one caliber .45 pistol with two magazines containing 23 bullets; one 9mm semi-automatic pistol with four magazines containing a total of 61 live ammunition;  one cal. .380 pistol with two magazines with 12 bullets, an ammunition box with 100 9mm bullets, one ammo box with 100 rounds of reloaded 9mm ammunition, a box with 77 cal. .45 ammunition, and 31 12-gauge ammunition.

Pamuspusan said the identification cards and documents presented by the three have been subjected to a verification with the Philippine National Police national headquarters.

He added that the three will be facing charges for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act of 2013 and violation of quarantine protocols.