Gunrunner held, arms cache seized in Samar

AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group on Thursday arrested two men and seized a cache of illegal firearms and ammunition in separate anti-criminality raids in Samar province, officials said.

PNP-CIDG director, Major General Joel Napoleon M. Coronel, identified the arrested suspects as David Tatoy, a resident of Sitio Balucawe in Barangay Salvacion, Bobon, Northern Samar and Ruben Saberon of Bgy. Canticum, Calbiga, Samar.

The official said that members of the CIDG Northern CIDG Provincial Field Unit and the local police arrested Tatoy inside his residence which they raided 6 a.m. Thursday.

Recovered during the raid were one home-made 1-gauge shotgun, a caliber .38 revolver, one cal. .45 semi-automatic pistol with six live ammunition, two magazine assemblies of cal. .45 and M-16 rifle, two live 5.56 ammunition, nine cal. .45 bullets, eight rounds of cal. .30 ammunition and an M-1 Garand clip.

On the other hand, Saberon, described as a member of a gunrunning group operating in the province was arrested during a raid in his house which led in the confiscation of one KG-9 cal. 9mm machine pistol with a magazine containing 23 live ammunition and several cal. .40 bullets.

The two raids were conducted on the strength of search warrants for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 respectively issued by Judge Armando Rosadino of the Allen, Northern Samar Regional Trial Court Branch 23 and Judge Janet Cabalona of the Calbiga, Samar RTC Branch 33.

Coronel said both suspects are now facing charges for violation of RA 10591.