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A Pasay policeman allegedly moonlighting as a gunrunner was collared by operatives of the Counter-Intelligence Task Force in a sting operation yesterday in Quezon City.

PO2 Jaid Pingli, a native of Lamitan, was arrested after receiving P90,000 in marked money used in buying firearms from him along 3rd Avenue in Barangay Bagong Lipunan.

Pingli’s reported cohort Jose Dalayre was also arrested a stone’s throw away from the Philippine National Police Headquarters (Camp Crame) in Quezon City.

The suspects sold an undercover policeman an M16 rifle and a 9mm pistol.

CITF Director Sr. Supt. Romeo Caramat, in a statement, said the entrapment operation stemmed from a complaint by Pingli’s customers, who told authorities about the suspect’s sale of defective firearms.

“Pingli is involved in gun-running activities in Metro Manila, Region 1, and the Cordillera Administrative Region,” said Caramat, noting that the suspect had politicians for customers, including two from Kalinga province whom he did not name.

Caramat also cited initial reports, showing the suspect is a relative of the notorious Pingli brothers said to be involved in kidnap-for-ransom activities in Zamboanga Peninsula.

Some of Pingli’s cousins had been killed in police operations, jailed or are still at large.

Meanwhile, at least two persons were injured after three buses collided Tuesday morning along EDSA Guadalupe.

According to Mary Grace Alfaro of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), an AC Trans bus allegedly lost its brakes and rear-ended a Joyselle Express bus, which then hit the Jasper Jean Liner Inc. bus.

She said that the AC Trans bus could have been running fast when the incident happened.“An MMDA sweeper identified as Frediricko Buaron was hurt in the accident and was rushed to Ospital ng Makati,” said Alfaro. “The driver of AC Trans bus was also reportedly injured and was rushed to the same hospital but he has yet to be identified.”

The buses involved in the collision were removed from Edsa by the MMDA at 9:26 a.m.

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