Arms cache seized in Abra

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BANGUED, Abra  – Combined police operatives seized assorted ammunitions and magazines inside the houses of three individuals during the simultaneous implementation of search warrants in the province over the weekend as part of the efforts to prepare for the peaceful conduct of the May 2016 elections.

Senior Superintendent Albertlito S. Garcia, director of the Abra provincial police office, said seized from the residences of Roel Kadangyaw, Dican Medy Tandingan and Jessie Layos Guidang Beronilla were  88 live ammunition, 5 empty magazines and 2 magazines loaded with twenty (20) rounds of ammunition, all for caliber 7.62; 6 rounds of ammunition, 1 short magazine loaded with 12 ammunitions, 17 empty short and long magazines, all for caliber 5.56; 1 round of ammunition for caliber .45; 8 rounds of ammunition for caliber 30 (Garand); 18 Garand clips; 1 empty magazine for caliber .9mm; and 33 links.

“Our unrelenting and uncompromising peace and order interventions transcends no political boundaries and will be a sustained effort of our non-partisan law enforcers. We want to replicate the image of the province during the May 2013 elections as the most peaceful province during the upcoming elections,” Garcia stressed.

He claimed the recent accomplishment of the Abra police against the proliferation of illegal firearms illustrates the ability of the police to continuously wage war against lawless elements who want to taint the peaceful image of the province, especially when the conduct of the elections is just around the corner.

The seized ammunitions and magazines were immediately brought to the headquarters of the Abra police for the conduct of inventory and to be used as pieces of evidence for the filing of appropriate charges against the owners of the houses where the same items were confiscated.

Gov. Eustaquio P. Bersamin commended the Abra police for their significant accomplishment in the sustained efforts to realize the conduct of peaceful and orderly elections, especially for the upcoming May 2016 synchronized elections.

“We have to show our people and our countrymen that what Abra achieved during the May 2013 elections as the most peaceful elections in the province’s history could be replicated and sustained in the coming elections. We have to exert extra efforts to achieve the long overdue dream of Abrenians for lasting peace in the province,” Bersamin said.

He explained the attainment of the conduct of peaceful elections is part of the overall interventions to make peace reign in the province for the sake of the present and future generations of Abrenians.

For the past three decades, Abra has been tagged as the killing fields of the north because of the proliferation of violent incidents that led to the loss of lives of innocent politicians and their supporters because of the prevalence of intensed political rivalry among influential individuals and clan members.

Garcia expressed his gratitude to the cooperation of Abrenians in the implementation of multiple peace and order interventions in order to ensure that the province will achieve the conduct of peaceful and orderly elections next year and for the province to replicate its previous achievement on zero election0related violence and incidents.

By Dexter A. See

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