Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Police, Army nab six armed men in Bulacan
MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan, May 12, 2013-Six armed men, who are allegedly members of the New People’s Army (NPA), were nabbed on Friday at a Commission on Elections (COMELEC) checkpoint in Villarama Highway, barangay Bitungol in Norzagay town in Bulacan.
“The group, who converted a civilian vehicle into a military type transport were apprehended by the combined elements of Norzagaray Police and 56th Infantry Battalion” said 7th Infantry Division (7ID) Public Affairs Officer Captain Mark Anthony Ruelos.
According to initial investigation, the group was headed to the municipality of Doña Remedios Trinidad (DRT), also in Bulacan, to initiate election fraud activities.
Confiscated from the apprehended men were one 6x6 truck that was illegally painted with military green, one Hummvee, colored desert storm fatigue, and a white Montero Sport SUV with no plate.
The vehicles were reportedly loaded with two M653 rifles, one .45 cal and 9 mm pistols. Also onboard the vehicles were Dumagats.
Charges, which include illegal possession of firearms and violation of COMELEC gun ban, were immediately filed against the considered extortionists while the Dumagats were released for lack of evidence.
The group as well as the recovered firearms and vehicles were brought to the Bulacan Police Provincial Office headquarters for proper disposition and further investigation.
“I would like to congratulate the 56th Infantry Battalion, the Philippine National Police and other stakeholders for successfully neutralizing what we now consider to be just remnants of these lawless leftist groups and performing once more what you have recently achieved in Bulacan. Hopefully with these accomplishments and incomparable efforts of our men in uniform, I believe that we can have an honest, credible, and fair midterm polls this coming Monday,” 7ID Commander Major General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. said. (Carlo Lorenzo J. Datu)
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