CEBU CITY – A string of charges await an army reservist who was arrested for gun smuggling and illegal possession of firearms.
Jhefferson Higoy was arrested on July 2 when agents of the National Bureau of Investigation-Central Visayas (NBI 7) raided his home in Barangay Marigondon, Lapu-Lapu City.
In a press briefing Tuesday, lawyer Renan Oliva, director of NBI-7, said they received reports that Higoy was into selling of firearms and introduced himself as a member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with a rank of a captain.
Oliva said a check with the AFP-Central Command showed that there was no army man named Higoy with a rank of a captain.
What was found in the record was a soldier named Higoy with a rank of a sergeant.
Col. Melisan Raymund Recaido, group commander of the of AFP-Centcom’s regional community defense group, said that it was also possible that Higoy used a fake document to prove that he was a graduate of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).
Recaido said Higoy was not in the list of ROTC graduates in a university that the suspect claimed he had enrolled in.
Being an ROTC graduate is one of the requirements of becoming an army reservist, Recaido said.
Higoy also introduced himself as a licensed mechanical engineer.
Oliva said they later discovered through the Professional Regulation Commission that Higoy is not a licensed engineer.
Oliva said falsification of documents and usurpation of authority will be filed against Higoy, who yielded four unlicensed firearms during the NBI 7 operation.