Cache of firearms seized from 4 gunrunners

DAVAO City – A wild car chase ended in the discovery of an arms cache seized from four suspected gun smugglers late Wednesday evening, a police report said.

According to a report of Davao City police, the suspects were onboard a green Isuzu wagon vehicle when they ran through a police checkpoint in Tugbok town at around 10:30 p.m. prompting the police to run after the suspects and caught up with them in the town of Bangkal.

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The suspects were identified as Ruel dela Torre, 41, a resident of Pantukan, Compostela Valley; Teodilo Pogoy, 41, of Tagum City; Rolando Catapon, 36 also of Pantukan; and Josefino Capuyan, 31, of Cebu City.

Recovered from their possession were homemade guns that include 10 units of caliber .45 STI Edge; one caliber .45 Grand Master; 4 units of caliber .38 revolver snub nose; 6 units of cal .357 revolver Sturm Ruger; one .357 revolver power custom; one .357 revolver SNU; 3 units of .22 caliber magnum revolver Black Widow; 28 magazines for .45 caliber (standard); 2 units of silencer; 6 magazines of caliber .45 (extended); and 2 magazines of 9mm.

One of the arrested suspects squealed that most of their buyers are from the military service.

“Preso gyud sila. (They will be detained) The police were told to file the corresponding complaints. I don’t care kung kinsa pa ilang baligyaan (who their buyers are). The fact is, it is illegal. Possession of firearms without documents is illegal. The word here is “possession”. Sila man naggunit, sila gyud makasuhan (they were the ones in possession of the firearms so they will be the ones who will charged),” Mayor Rodrigo Duterte told Sun.Star.

Duterte said the recovered firearms will be forfeited in favor of the government.

“Paltik man pud na. Sunugon nalang (Anyway, it’s just homemade, we will just have to burn it),” Duterte said.

The mayor also congratulated the joint team of the Tugbok Police station, Regional Intelligence Division, Talomo Police station and the 2nd SCMG of the Davao City Police Office for the successful operation. (Grace L. Plata/With BOT/Sunnex)


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