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Suspect in smuggling of gun parts bares assassination plot vs. President Duterte

MANILA — A suspect in the smuggling of gun parts on Thursday revealed an assassination plot against President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

The revelation was made when Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa presented to media the confiscated smuggled parts of firearms and the suspect Wilfred Palma at the PNP National Headquarters, in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Palma said his boss is Bryan Ta-ala who allegedly told him that they have an order for the low end parts of a gun from one of their regular buyers such that the parts will be used to assemble a gun to assassinate President Duterte.

Likewise, Palma admitted that they have been selling on the internet the smuggled gun parts in the country through balikbayan boxes for two years already.

For his part, Dela Rosa said the United States Homeland Security gave them the “tip” on the activities of the syndicate which have contacts in the United States who are sending the gun parts.

According to Dela Rosa, this latest shipment of gun parts which were seized by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Bacolod City, is composed of receiver assemblies and various accessories amounting to more than PHP4.5 million.

The PNP chief also called on the legitimate gunowners and dealers who have bought gun parts from the group to coordinate with the police to help in the investigation being conducted by the CIDG. Perfecto Raymundo/PNA/

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