Ex-barangay chairman in Kalinga town facing multiple charges arrested

Published August 17, 2022, 8:07 PM

by Comanda Rizaldy C.

PINUKPUK, Kalinga – A former barangay chairman in Barangay Wagud in this town was arrested on Tuesday, Aug. 16, allegedly due to multiple violations of the laws.

Joint personnel of the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit, Regional Intelligence Division and Kalinga Provincial Police arrested Reynold Sagmayan Gongob, 47, a businessman and former barangay chairman whose biggest transgression is his involvement in illegal drugs trade.

By virtue of the search warrant issued by Judge Jerson Angog, of Branch 25, Regional Trial Court, Bulanao, Tabuk City, Kalinga, a search operation was conducted at around 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, in the suspect’s residence where 12 grams of shabu worth P81,600 were found, according to Col. Peter Tagtag, Jr., provincial director of Kalinga Provincial Police Office.

Police also found two grams of shabu placed in seven small heat-sealed plastic transparent sachets with a combined amount of P13,600.

Gongob is also among the region’s top ten illegal drugs personalities. Consequently, he is now facing charges in violation of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Act of 2002).

In addition, Gongob is also facing charges of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, and illegal logging (Presidential Decree 705).

Operatives found inside the house a box containing 20 rounds of caliber 7.62 ammunition; one box containing 40 rounds of caliber 5.56 mm ammunition; six pieces of caliber 7.62mm ammunition; 11 pieces of caliber 5.56mm ammunition; two pieces of cal .45mm ammunition; four pieces of blasting cap and one small fuse; one gun suppressor; three pieces short magazine for caliber 5.56; one magazine for caliber .45mm; one piece MI911 A2 Cal.45 pistol case and a bandolier.

The raiding teams, according to Tagtag, also found 61 pieces of narra flitches in his backyard; seven molave flitches; five acacia and one tapol, with a total board feet flitches of 946.79.

The combined value of the alleged illegally cut timber is P106,408.40. The operatives also confiscated two units of chainsaws that have no corresponding permit.