'Fake' army reservist nabbed for gun smuggling

Published July 7, 2021, 10:30 AM

by Calvin Cordova 

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.

FAKE RESERVIST. Jhefferson Higoy is being led to a vehicle after he was arrested by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation-Central Visayas (NBI 7) on July 2 in Barangay Marigondon, Lapu-Lapu City. (Photo courtesy of NBI-7/MANILA BULLETIN)

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.

 
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