Marines under Philippine Marines Marine Battalion Landing Team 5 (MBLT5) and local police officers of Malabang Municipal Police Station conducted a joint security patrol on June 7 at Malabang Public Market, Malabang, Lanao del Sur.
While on patrol, the patrolling units recovered one (1) undocumented Safari Arms cal 45 pistol with serial number 577813 with one (1) magazine loaded with nine (9) rounds of ammunition, MBLT5 said.
“The said firearm was inside an unattended red Toyota Corolla with plate number URX 547 that was illegally parked along the market road,” MBLT5 said.
It added that later the same day, the owner of the vehicle and firearm surrendered at the Malabang Municipal Police Station.
“The owner was identified as Kanakan Lao Gapon, male, 57 y/o and a resident of Brgy. Calumbog, Malabang, Lanao del Sur. Thereafter, Malabang MPS took custody of the confiscated weapon and ammunitions and its owner for filing of appropriate charges,” MBLT5 said.