LANGIDEN, Abra – Dozens of firearms were seized by combined police operatives of the Abra Provincial Police Office and Regional Intelligence Office (RIO) 14 during the simultaneous implementation of six search warrants in barangay Quiliat here around 9:30 am Thursday.
Senior Superintendent Antonio Bartolome, provincial director of the Abra Provincial Police Office, said the law enforcers implemented the search warrants issued by Judge Renato Pinlac of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 57 in San Carlos City, Pangasinan.
Seized from the residence of Ronald Salvador were one calibre .9mm Patriot MP9-A3 machine pistol, one long magazine for Patriot MP 9-A3 loaded with 13 live ammunitions, one long magazine for M-16 Armalite rifle loaded with one live ammunition, two magazines for calibre 7.62 loaded with 14 live ammunitions, one live ammunition for calibre .45 pistol but the owner of the said firearms was not around during the search.
However, the search in the residences of Isidro Bueno, Marlon Bueno, Jimmy Britanico, Alejandro Borillo, Jr. and Arsenio Bilgera yielded negative results.
Bartolome explained the conduct of the searches were done in an orderly manner and were witnessed by the occupants of the residences that were subjected to search and barangay kagawads of the place.
According to him, the confiscated pieces of evidence were placed under the custody of the Abra Provincial Intelligence Branch prior to their turnover to the Langinden Municipal Police Station for further investigation and documentation.
Bartolome added after the completion of the appropriate procedures, the necessary charges will be subsequently filed against the identified owners of the recovered firearms and ammunitions.
The operating troops were led by Superintendent Reynaldo Pawid, deputy provincial director for administration, and Superintendent Requiel Sta. Maria, deputy provincial director for operations, both of the Abra Provincial Police Office.
By Dexter A. See