The Philippine National Police (PNP) today presented an arms cache consisting of two assault rifles, a handgun and 12,893 rounds of live ammunition for M-60 light machinegun and M-16 assault rifle seized from an illegal arms dealer. The ammunition are contained in boxed with AFP, RP, and Philippine Army markings.
PNP chief Police Director General Oscar Albayalde said this NCRPO operation in Valenzuela City last night, culminated a weeklong intelligence and surveillance efforts by the Regional Intelligence Division, resulting in the arrest of couple Edgardo and Rosemarie MEDEL of Landville Subdivision, Barangay Pambuan, Gapan, Nueva Ecija.
“NCRPO worked on the information from PNP units in Mindanao regarding arms sales provided by a civilian informant, known only as a certain Medel,” Albayalde said.
“Further intelligence research revealed that Medel also figured in previous arms transaction with buyers from Mindanao. A subsequent test buy was conducted wherein NCRPO operatives were able to obtain ammunition from Medel, who also assured the he can also supply as many as ten rifles,” he added.
He said a buy bust plan was then hatched by NCRPO to entrap the suspect with another order for P1.2-million worth of weapons and ammunition. “At 6:30PM last night at a service station along NLEX, the couple arrived on board a white van with plate number REV-675 and the transaction was consummated,” he said.
“The couple were placed under arrest after accepting P1,200,000.00 marked money from two undercover female operatives who posed as buyers of weapons and ammunition purportedly for the forthcoming elections next year,” he added.
“Part of the continuing investigation will be to determine the source of these weapons and ammunition, and to possibly identify other persons involved in coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” he said.