Three arrested for illegal possession of firearms

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CAMP MAJOR BADO DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet – PROCOR’s relentless accounting of loose firearms led to the apprehension of three individuals for alleged illegal possession of firearms.

A caretaker identified as Kevin Tabagan Banatao, 23, and a resident of Taggay, Pinukpuk, Kalinga was arrested in Brgy. Tuga, Tabuk City, Kalinga in the morning of June 28, 2020. Prior to his arrest, combined operatives were implementing a Bench warrant of arrest against two other suspects who eluded arrest when they chance upon Banatao in the area who was in possession of a firearm that led to his arrest.

Evidence confiscated were one (1) cal 5.56 M16 rifle with inserted one (1) long magazine loaded with 17 live ammunition; one (1) short magazine loaded with eight (8) live ammunition for cal. 5.56mm, one (1) short empty magazine for M16, and two (2) pieces binoculars.

Another suspect identified as Vicente M. Acday, 55, was arrested after he was frisked at the entrance of the Municipal Hall in Liwan West, Rizal, Kalinga in the morning of June 26. Upon verification, police confiscated a caliber 9mm with inserted magazine loaded with 7 ammunition found tucked in his waist.

Lastly, another suspect who was under surveillance for alleged involvement in illegal drugs was apprehended in Barangay Patiao, Peñarrubia, Abra in the afternoon of June 25. The suspect was identified as Glenn Alfred Penamante Beleno. along with his arrest is the confiscation of a Cal. 38 without serial number loaded with three (3) live ammunition tucked in his waist and without pertinent documents

Aside from intensified campaign against illegal drugs and wanted persons, an obstinate campaign against illegal firearms is also being carried out by PROCOR to apprehend all illegal gun owners.

“We will never allow gun holders to continue violating the law and Team PROCOR will exert more efforts to confiscate illegally possessed firearms which can be utilized in conducting illegal activities,” PBGEN R’win Pagkalinawan said.


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