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SUSPECTED GUNRUNNER ARRESTED IN MAGUINDANAO

COTABATO City– Joint police and Army units in Maguindanao on Tuesday arrested one of the two suspects believed engaged in gunrunning activities in Datu Paglas town.

Senior Superintendent Edwin Quilates, regional director of Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), identified the suspect as Rasid Madidis, 44, of Barangay Damawata, Datu Paglas, Maguindanao.

His companion, identified as Mama Andang, was not in his home during the raid conducted past 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The lawmen were armed with arrest warrants for Madidis and Andang issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 13 Judge Bansawan Ibrahim.

Aside from CIDG agents, the team was also composed of Regional Public Safety Battalion (PRSB) operatives, Datu Paglas municipal police office and elements of the 33rd Infantry Battalion.

“The subject person did not resist arrest but he denied involvement in any crime and that he owned the gun seized from him,” Quilates said.

Police seized a 9mm Beretta pistol from Madidis but he denied owning the gun, saying it was pawned to him by a friend who is supposed to be a police officer.

The raiding team failed to arrest Andang because he was not around when the lawmen raided his home. However, police recovered unlicensed M-14 Armalite rifle, one AR-15 rifle and one cal. 45 pistol with ammunition from the house of Andang.

Quilates said Madidis, who is now under the custody of the CIDG-ARMM, will be charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. pna

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