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PIA Press Release
2008/11/07

Police nabs bigtime gunrunner in Tacurong City

General Santos City (7 November) -- A big time gunrunner operating in regions 11, 12 and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) was nabbed Tuesday (Nov. 4) during a police entrapment in Tacurong City.

The arrest of the suspect was made possible following an intensified surveillance by the operatives of Tacurong City Police Station, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 12 and the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP).

Police said the suspect was riding his Mitsubishi Lancer GLXI service vehicle, colored white with plate number LCR-278 when arrested along Alunan Highway fronting the Methodist Church.

Police Supt. Joel B. Limson, Tacurong police chief identified the suspect as ex-Cpl Fernando Patenio Macion, a resident of Alabel, Sarangani Province.

Seized from the suspect were one caliber 45 pistol with serial number 2513732; a magazine loaded with three live ammunition; five caliber pistols with serial numbers 1357235, 7213521, 1257351, 3152751 and 5713217; and four other empty caliber 45 spare magazines concealed inside a traveling bag.

Police accounted that during the arrest, the suspect introduced himself as member of the Philippine Army's ISAFP but when verified with the ISAFP based in Tacurong it denied his affiliation with the organization.

PNP Special Operations Group (SOG) tasked to investigate the suspect confirmed that "Macion was already discharged from military service due to infraction and other administrative charges."

The SOG further detailed that a cash amounting to P100,000 was also among his possessions. Police confiscated the money including several mission orders, AFP ID, AFPSLAI ID, driver's license, and various receipts.

SPO4 Miguel C. Biadoma, team leader of the arresting law enforcers said the suspect is wanted by law and has been put under surveillance for smuggling of guns for quite a time.

The suspect and the recovered evidences have been placed under the custody of Tacurong City Police Station for further questioning and proper disposition, police said.

Police also said the suspect will face charges in violation of PD 1866 as amended by RA 8294 otherwise known as "the laws on illegal/unlawful possession, manufacture, dealing in, acquisition or disposition of firearms, ammunition or explosives or instruments used in the manufacture of firearms, ammunition or explosives, and imposing stiffer penalties for certain violations thereof, and for relevant purposes."

Macion will also be charged of "usurpation of authority" for posing as active ISAFP personnel. (PIA SarGen/PRO 12) [top]

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