CAMP ALAGAR, Cagayan de Oro City – Six armed men on board two vehicles were arrested in a “quarantine control point” in Upper Puerto here as law enforcers tightened the travel movement after the city was placed under “modified enhance community quarantine” (MECQ).
PLt. Col. Michelle Olaivar, the police regional spokesperson, said that aside from the firearms and ammunition, the law enforcers also recovered drug paraphernalia, a sachet with a small amount of Shabu (Methamphetamine Hydrochloride) and residues of Shabu in the vehicles.
The vehicles were on a convoy from General Santos City when flagged down by the combined elements of the police, and the Highway Patrol Group in Upper Puerto, Cagayan de Oro City shortly before 2 o’clock Sunday morning.
The suspects were identified as Nilo P.. Baterina, 30,driver of Hi-Ace Van, Jean B. Gamil, 40, Jalapoden P. Itto, 34, Irry L. Jun Planas, 37, and Jihad A Guindo, 32, the driver of Raptor pickup, all of Poblacion Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte, and Ned M. Labunog III, 26 of Bacolod, Lanao del Norte.
Recovered from the suspects were five fully loaded pistols of .380, Glock and caliber .40 made and several rounds of ammunition, sling bags, black steel security box and one black Glock box.
Olaivar said that the vehicles a Ford Raptor Pickup color blue with plate number C2P543 and the White Toyota Hi-Ace Commuter Van with Plate Numbee PCE 830 were impounded by the Highway Patrol Group.
The HPG reported that the vehicles were allegedly the subject of the “flash report” about the “carnapped” vehicles” from Manila Olaivar said.
She said that the driver of the Hi-ace van has no driver’s license and the vehicle has no papers, while the driver of the Raptor pickup presented spurious documents.
Olaivar said that criminal cases involving carnapping, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, and possession of illegal drugs were filed against the suspects who were detained at the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office. -0-