By Betheena Kae Unite
Two men allegedly transporting 14 firearms without proper permits were intercepted inside an Ormoc-bound cargo vessel in Samar Thursday, according to a belated report from the Philippine Coast Guard.
Ten caliber .38 revolvers and four caliber .45 pistols with inserted magazines without ammunitions and five extra caliber .45 pistol magazines were found from the possession of the suspects.
The suspects were inside a shuttle bus from Marabut, Samar on board cargo vessel “Joyful of Star of Roble Shipping” bound for Ormoc, Leyte when they were intercepted, said Capt. Ronnie Gavan, Central Visayas district commander.
Gavan said they received information that some men were illegally transporting firearms, prompting them to launch a joint operation conducted by operatives from Coast Guard Substation Tinago and Philippine National Police Maritime 7.
The suspects were eventually arrested for violating Section 28, Article V of Republic Act 10591 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act. They were later turned over to the local police.
Last week, the Coast Guard also intercepted three men carrying 46 units of caliber .45 pistol in Samboan, Cebu.
Meanwhile, Coast Guard commandant Adm. Elson Hermogino directed all Coast Guard units to continue intensifying their operations against lawless activities in all ports and harbors nationwide.