2 Kalinga village officials yield 6 high-powered guns, ammo

TABUK CITY, Kalinga — Police operatives on Tuesday have lodged illegal possession of firearm charges against two village officials before the prosecutor’s office here after they yielded six high-powered guns, a grenade and assorted ammunition during a raid in Sitio Mapoay, Barangay Bulanao Norte here.

Bulanao Norte village captain Virgilio Gunnawa and barangay secretary Reynold Flores were indicted for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.They were both out of their houses when the searches were done.

Police records said members of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera, Regional Intelligence Unit and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) swooped down on the houses of the village chief and secretary after obtaining a search warrant from the National Capital Region’s Regional Trial Court-Branch 53 in Manila.

Seized from Gunnawa’s house in sitio Mapoay were an M-6 Armalite rifle with three magazines, an M-16 Baby Armalite rifle with three magazines, a Carbine rifle, a Cal. 45 pistol, a Cal. 38 revolver, a hand grenade, and assorted bullets for M-16 rifle, Cal. 22 and Cal. 45 handguns.

Flores, on his part, yielded an M-16 Armalite rifle with a magazine and another magazine for Cal. 22 handgun.

Both Gunnawa and Flores have been accused of leading gun-for-hire activities, aside from illegal gambling operations, in Tabuk City. Villamor Visaya Jr/PNA/northboundasia.com