BACOLOD CITY, May 2 (PNA) — High powered firearms, explosives and assorted ammunitions were seized in the ancestral house of Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno “Magsie” Peña in Negros Occidental during the 6:00 am raid Thursday.
The raid was led by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of Camp Crame and the Special Action Forces (6th) Battalion in coordination with the Police Regional Office VI and Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office, CIDG Bacolod City and CIDG Negros Occidental.
It was made by virtue of a search warrant issued by Judge Maria Felomina Singh of Regional Trial Court Branch 85 in Quezon City.
Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz said it was also in line with their campaign against private armed group and proliferation of loose and unlicensed firearms.
Cruz said they recovered 43 shot guns, six AK 47, two M16, two sniper rifles; two 45 caliber pistol; two 1/4 pounds military grade TNT explosives, thousands of rounds of ammunitions, holsters and bandoliers.
Continued search led to recovery of 14 additional hand guns of various calibers and five more shot guns as of 4:30 pm.
During the raid, Police Officer 2 Pedrito Lupo of the Public Safety Company and SPO1 Vicente Castillo of Pulupandan Municipal Police Station were caught inside the compound along with five civilians.
Cruz questioned the presence of the two armed policemen in civilian clothes at the Pena’s house where they are supposed to be at the police station.
The two have been relieved from post and will be facing charges for violating the election code and administratively, Cruz said.
“We’re still halfway with search and we are still expecting more recoveries. The Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) Province is the one doing the inventory to determine whether the firearms found are licensed or unlicensed,” Cruz said.
Cruz added that some shotguns have their licenses in machine copies but it will still be subjected for verification.
Other firearms were licensed under the Golden Lakes Mineral Inc., and Golden Hallow Wings, Inc.
Peña’s house has two floors and was equipped with closed circuit television cameras for security and monitoring purposes.
Cruz said CCTVs installed in the house and around the compound have been ordered cut off.
Cruz disclosed that there were tipsters who informed them that Peña’s ancestral house is filled high powered firearms. Peña was not present during the raid only his legal counsel Roem Arbolado. (PNA)