LEGAZPI CITY, April 3 (PNA) -- The president of the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) in Ragay, Camarines Sur was arrested for illegal possession of assorted firearms on Saturday morning, said a belated report that reached the Police Regional Office (PRO) in Bicol headquarters here Monday morning.
Sr. Insp. Ma. Luisa Calubaquib, spokesperson of PRO5 based in Camp Simeon Ola here, identified the suspect as Petronillo G. Mercado, chairman of Barangay (village) Lohong in Ragay town.
She said Mercado is also a current municipal councilor representing ABC in the Sanguniang Bayan (Municipal Council) of Ragay town.
Mercado was found in possession of a M16 armalite rifle, a sub machine gun, a .45-caliber pistol and live ammunition for the said firearms during a search conducted in his house in Lohong, Ragay at 6:20 a.m., added Calubaquib.
She said Mercado was subject of surveillance operations in the past weeks by intelligence operatives after villagers had tipped him off regarding his cache of firearms.
A combined team from the Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office (PPO); Camarines Norte PPO; Del Gallego Municipal Police Office (MPO) and Ragay MPO-—both in Camarines Sur; and Criminal Investigation Division Group (CIDG) in Camarines Sur conducted the search operation by virtue of a search warrant issued by Judge Cecilia Borja-Soler of Regional Trial Court Branch 29 in Libmanan, Camarines Sur.
Mercado is now in the custody of CIDG-Camarines Sur. (PNA)