10 men nabbed at Camp Aguinaldo for possession of firearms amid gun ban
Ten men were arrested at Camp Aguinaldo early Monday for possession of firearms amid the enforcement of gun ban.
The group of men, who called themselves Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty, were onboard a van when they tried to enter the Gate 6 of Camp Aguinaldo at around 5:45 a.m., Armed Forces of the Philippines public affairs chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said.
“They were held for questioning for bringing firearms with no appropriate documents. Neither were they holders of gun ban exception from the Comelec,” he said.
The group is led by one Daniel Pagalan, their purported Chief Intelligence.
Other members arrested were identified as:
- Alvin Simbahon
- Rolando Mahusay alias Kumander Melody
- Dioscoro Danis
- James Iwayan
- Butch B Galimba
- Rico Giducos
- Ramil B Peralta
- Rundy Paderes
- Pascula Dizon alias Kumander Haslim
The group claimed they were on their way to present their letter requesting accreditation to DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana through a staff.
After checking, the guards on duty found that they have no appointment with the office.
Arevalo said they wore t-shirts of the same color and design which made the guards suspicious. They were later asked if they have firearms, to which the men admitted.
Seized from their possession were two homemade caliber .45 pistols and three 9mm pistols and seven magazines with 47 cal. 9mm and 26 cal .45 live ammunition; and identification cards of still unknown authority and source.
The group of men were turned over to PNP Station 8 in Quezon City for further questioning.
“We commend the guards on duty under the leadership of Colonel John Dominic Pulido, the Camp Commander, for their vigilance and appropriate action required under the circumstances,” Arevalo said.
Police started enforcing the 30-day election gun ban on Oct. 1.
The Comelec is still waiting for President Rodrigo Duterte to sign the law postponing the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to May 2018.