Police, Army seize gun-making equipment

PANDAG, Maguindanao – Police and military forces busted Wednesday afternoon a notorious drug ring and gun-making syndicate sympathetic to ISIS.

Senior Supt. Agustin Tello, Maguindanao police director and Lt. Colonel Harold Cabunoc, commander of the Army’s 33rd Infantry Battalion, led the joint operation in Barangay Kayaga here, arrested five suspects and seized several sachets of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, firearms and gun making equipment.

Arrested suspects Dante Karatuan, 34; Roy Datukali, 22; Jomar Jainal, 20; Gale Mangandaong, 20; and Jerry Talib, 39, now detained at the Pandag municipal police station. They had been charged for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and illegal possession of firearms.

Cabunoc said the arrest of five persons was made after one suspected drug peddler was arrested a day earlier in separate operation.

The suspect who Cabunoc did not identify led government law enforcers into the hideout of the syndicate that police described as misguided local armed group who expressed support to ISIS as propaganda.

The gun-making equipment is capable of fabricating home-made Barret sniper’s rifle that the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) had been using.

Also recovered were ingredients for manufacturing improvised explosive devices, a laptop computer that contained high value intelligence information, gun parts, fragmentation grenade, camera and Php16,000 cash. EOF/PNA-northboundasia.com