Authorities nab British national, Filipino for illegal possession of firearms

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MANILA, Philippines — Through a search warrant issued by  Pasig City Regional Trial Court Branch 152 Judge Danilo Cruz, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Anti-Transnational Crime Unit (CIDG-ATCU) raided a residential unit in Valle Verde in Pasig City.

According to CIDG ATCU chief PSupt. Roque Merdegia Jr., operatives arrested suspects British national Matthew George Marney and Filipino Romel Mañas Catilo who are both residents of Valle Verde.

Authorities nabbed the suspects after discovering that they were in possession of unlicensed firearms.

“May information kaming natanggap na may presence ng (We received information about the presence of) AED persons sa (in) Valle Verde 5 way back in September and because of that information we conducted a surveillance operation and we apply search warrant,” said the police officer.

CIDG-ATCU operatives confiscated from the two, 5 caliber .45 pistols, 5 magazines, 25 pieces of live ammunition and 4 boxes of blank ammunition for a caliber .45 pistol.

They also seized a stun gun and four gun holder boxes, a gun cleaning kit, 14 pieces of bladed weapons, 3 firearms holsters, a magazine pouch, and an improvised slingshot.

“We will coordinate with the British embassy about the background of the suspect. If he has any record and involvement in illegal transactions abroad,” said Merdegia.

Merdegia said that the suspects are already facing complaints before the Department of Justice for violating the Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms Law and Ammunition.

Meanwhile, CIDG NCR arrested four illegal recruiters in Kalaw, Ermita including a Japanese national who recruited Filipinos to work as domestic helpers in Japan.

The Japanese national was also caught in the act of receiving money from the victim.

“In compliance with the instruction of our president the CIDG will conduct intensified operations against illegal recruitment,” said CIDG – NCR Chief PSSupt. Wilson Asueta. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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