The National Police will ask the Armed Forces to strengthen coordination and information-sharing, particularly on the proliferation of loose firearms, after two soldiers and a policeman were arrested for selling firearms in Maguindanao, PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said.
“Palalakasin ang monitoring at mga operasyon laban sa sinumang magbebenta at bibili ng mga loose firearms, pulis, sundalo, o sinuman ang sangkot dito. Hindi natin hahayaan ang ganitong kalakaran lalo na at may eleksyon tayong dapat protektahan,” Eleazar said in a statement.
The PNP chief made the remark after receiving information on the arrest of Pat. Eliver Jay Anggot Soverano, reportedly assigned to the Bangsamoro Regional Crime Laboratory Office; Army SSgts. Gleen Argones Sangyao and Reynaldo Dichosa II, both of the 6th Infantry Division, in Brgy. Tamontaka, Datu Odin Sinsuat town.
The trio were arrested along with Datu Morjan Kunakon Tumindig and one Adams Tuminding, during an entrapment last Tuesday.
The operation was conducted after a police poseur-buyer managed to buy assorted firearms from the suspects.
Operatives seized a caliber-5.56 Bushmaster rifle, two other cal-5.56 rifles, an M4 Carbine, two cal-.45 pistols, and three .9mm handguns.
Eleazar assured that the arrested policeman will be made to face criminal and administrative charges.
“I am also warning all our personnel not to engage in this kind of illegal activity because I will make sure that the full force of the law will be used against you. Bilang mga alagad ng batas, hindi dapat tayo maging bantay-salakay,” he said.