PROCOR CAMP BADO DANGWA: The simultaneous operations is among the several preemptive moves of PROCOR to rid Cordillera of loose firearms that led to the arrest of four suspects and the confiscation of firearms and ammunitions over the past days.

In the synchronized implementation of search warrant issued by Judge Raphiel F Alzate of RTC Branch 1 in Bangued and Branch 58 in Bucay, both in Abra, two suspects were arrested successively.

Primarily, suspect identified as Stevan Barcena, Jr, 60, widower, businessman was nabbed in his farm at Sitio Barbarit, Brgy. Tagodtod, Lagangilang, Abra in the early morning of November 17, 2017. Joint operatives of Lagangilang MPS and Abra Provincial Maneuver Force Company (PMFC) confiscated one Colt Cal. 45, bearing Serial No. 345670 with inserted magazine loaded with three live bullets and one black magazine with five live bullets for the same caliber.

Subsequently, Avelino Bañez Cabico, 35, farmer was arrested at his residence at Brgy. San Ramon West, Manabo, Abra in the morning of the same day. Combined personnel of Manabo MPS and 1st Coy Regional Mobile Force Battalion-15 (RMFB15) seized one Taurus Cal. 9MM pistol bearing serial number B58139 and inserted with one magazine loaded with 13 live bullets for same caliber.

In Kalinga, during the oplan bakal sita of the personnel of Bulanao police Sub-station, suspect identified as Jeffrey Daligdig Tayawa, 29, and a resident of Purok Datu, Bulanao Norte, Tabuk City, Kalinga was arrested at the talipapa located at Purok 2, Bulanao, Tabuk City, Kalinga in the night of November 18, 2017.

Prior to his arrest, Tayawa together with his companions were having a drinking session when the operatives started conducting oplan bakal sita inside a sari-sari store. The suspect tried to leave but he was stopped, as a result, one (1) Caliber .45 Armscor pistol with serial number 769960 and two (2) stainless magazine loaded with five (5) live ammunition was confiscated from his possession after he failed to present pertinent documents to possess same firearm.

Finally, Number 7 Top Most Wanted Person in the Municipality of Tinoc identified as Lito Calingayan Abance, 33 charged for violation of RA10591 otherwise known as the “Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act” was arrested in the afternoon of November 20, 2017 at Puguis, La Trinidad, Benguet. He has a recommended bail of Php170, 000.00 issued by Judge Romeo Habbiling, RTC Br 14, Lagawe Ifugao.

All arrested suspects are now under the custody of the concerned operating units while the confiscated firearms will be brought to the PROCOR Crime Laboratory for examination and appropriate charges are being readied against the arrested auspects.. (PROCOR RPIO)