NPA man yields guns in Bukidnon

A SUSPECTED member of the New People’s Army in Bukidnon province is now being hunted by security troops who recovered two high-powered firearms and dozens of live ammunition inside his house in Cabanglasan municipality which they raided last Tuesday, a Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group report said yesterday.

Suspect Richard Dagno  will be facing a case for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 following the discovery of the illegal weapons in his house in Purok 7, Sitio Miaray in Barangay Mandahikan, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon around 9:45 a.m. last Tuesday, said PNP-CIDG director, Major General Joel Napoleon M. Coronel.

Coronel said that armed with a warrant for violation of RA 10591 issued by Judge Rainier Eusebio Aquino of the Landapan-Cabanglasan Municipal Circuit Trial Court. Combined operatives of the Bukidnon CIDG, the Bukidnon Police Provincial Office and the Army’s 88th Infantry Battalion raided the suspect’s house.

The official said Dagno was able to elude arrest during the search which led in the confiscation of a 12-gauge shotgun with a steel magazine containing two live ammunition, a caliber .45 semi-automatic pistol with two magazines containing a total of 15 bullets, a .45 holster and nine cal. 7.62.

The live-in partner of Dagno identified as Jean Pacino was arrested during the raid and will be facing criminal charges for obstruction of justice for coddling of an escaped prisoner and constructive possession of the confiscated illegal firearms and ammunition.

Coronel said the two were believed to be members of the NPA Guerrilla Front Malayag under the rebels’ Northern Central Mindanao Regional Committee headed by one ‘Commander Monsour.’

Coronel said the NPA unit is known for extorting from farmers and owners of construction companies in Cabanglasan municipality and its neighboring towns.