13 of 41 missing firearms from armory of Urdaneta City police voluntarily surrendered

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — The jigsaw puzzle concerning the 41 firearms that were missing in the armory of the Urdaneta City Police in Pangasinan is now about to be solved as 13 of these, all hand guns, had already been surrendered.

The 13 firearms were voluntarily surrendered by businessmen who bought these or to whom these were mortgaged by an erring policeman or policemen.

They voluntary surrendered these when they learned that these are under investigation, Supt. Jackie Candelario, deputy police provincial director for operations, reported.

But these businessmen are not yet off the hook as the investigation on this matter is still continuing.

The investigation is being conducted jointly by the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) with the help of the Urdaneta City Police.

Candelario said a witness whom he declined to identify surfaced and helped investigators in tracing the 13 of the 41 missing firearms.

The witness, he said, named one policeman so far as involved in the disappearance of 41 missing firearms from the armory of the Urdaneta City police and probably will name some more.

Candelario earlier said eight policemen and another a non-uniformed personnel were relieved from the Urdaneta City Police and ordered to report to the PPPO in Lingayen where they are now restricted to quarters.

These reportedly include past and present logistics officers of the Urdaneta City Police.

The missing firearms were first discovered by the National Police Commission (Napolcom) Region 1 which conducted inventory in the armory of the Urdaneta City Police.

Napolcom relayed its finding to the Police regional Office 1 (PRO1) which ordered the Pangasinan PPO to conduct the investigation. Leonardo Micua/PNA-northboundasia.com