Mindanao gunrunners' wares from AFP? Probe on, say police


Posted at Dec 18 2018 10:46 AM | Updated as of Jul 16 2019 12:43 PM

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Authorities are investigating whether or not the high-powered firearms and ammunition allegedly supplied by a couple to terrorist groups in Mindanao came from the military, the Philippine National Police said Tuesday. 

Around P1.2 million worth of unlicensed machine guns and assault rifles and nearly 3,000 bullets were confiscated in Valenzuela City on Sunday from suspects Edgardo and Rosemarie Medel, who allegedly had ties with a retired soldier. 

The weapons seized from the couple were concealed inside boxes with markings of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The police and AFP will jointly investigate whether or not the weapons are indeed government property, PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said. 

Any officer who may be involved with the gunrunning scheme will face criminal charges and administrative procedure that could lead to dismissal from service, said Army spokesperson Col. Louie Villanueva in a text message. 

"We do not tolerate anyone in our rank who are bent on doing criminal acts," he added. 

- With a report from Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News 

DZMM, 18 December 2018