PNP seizes 2 troopers, police officers for alleged arms smuggling

MANILA, Philippines – Five men, including two soldiers and a policeman, were arrested in Data Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao, on alleged weapons dealing, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Thursday.

PNP chief General Guillermo Eleazar said in a statement that police officer Eliver Jay Anggot Soverano, who is reportedly stationed in the PNP-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of the Mindanao Muslim Regional Crime Laboratory Office, has been arrested; Army Staff Sgt. Gleen Argones Sangyao and Army Staff Sgt. Reynaldo Dichosa II; a certain Datu Morjan Kunakon Tumindig and Adams Tuminding.

The operation came on Tuesday after a police buyer made deals with the suspects for the sale of various firearms, Eleazar said.

“That means nine fewer firearms from criminal elements that may be tapped to sow violence in the May 2022 elections,” he said.

The suspects included 5.56 mm Bushmaster rifles, two 5.56 rifles, an M4 carbine, two 45 caliber pistols and three 9 mm pistols.

Eleazar also said the PNP will also work with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to strengthen coordination and information sharing to support the campaign against the nationwide proliferation of loose firearms.

Meanwhile, Eleazar also has a warning to police personnel involved in similar illegal activities.

“I am also cautioning all of our employees against engaging in this type of illegal activity because I will ensure that the full force of the law is used against you.”

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