Trike driver in Maguindanao nabbed for machine gun ammo

Published February 7, 2022, 2:49 PM

by Philippine News Agency

DATU SAUDI AMPATUAN, Maguindanao — Police authorities have arrested here a tricycle driver for violation of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban although he did not carry any firearm but found in his possession were some 50 pieces of .50-caliber machine gun ammunition.

In an interview on Monday, Feb. 7, Lt. Melvin Laguting, town police chief, said cops manning a checkpoint here arrested Kamarudin Usop Gulo, 32, of Barangay Kitango.

Laguting said Gulo was driving a tricycle, locally known as “payong-payong”, and was flagged down at a Comelec-police checkpoint in Barangay Lower Salbu at past 4 p.m. Sunday

While the inspection was going on, Gulo appeared to be restless and evasive that prompted police personnel to inspect his motorcycle’s u-box.

The u-box had 50 pieces of ammunition for a .50-caliber machine gun and Gulo refused to say where he got the bullets and to whom he shall be bringing them.

Laguting said Gulo has been charged Monday for violation of R.A. 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act) and the election gun ban law.

“He is now detained and has been charged,” Laguting said.

A police officer, asking he remained unidentified, said probers are looking at the possibility that Gulo is supplying bullets for the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

The BIFF’s trademark armament includes .50-caliber Barret sniper rifles.

“He may have acquired the bullets through the black market but police are still investigating,” he said.

Police also impounded the tricycle Gulo was driving.