Briton arrested over illegal firearms

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A Briton and his driver who were arrested for illegal possession of firearms in Pasig City were presented by the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) to the media on Friday.
Arrested were Matthew George Marney, 38, a resident of Valle Verde 5, Pasig City and his driver Romel Mañas Catilo, 45.

On Thursday at 1:35 pm, joint personnel of the Pasig City Police and CIDG conducted an operation against the suspects to serve an arrest warrant the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 152 issued on November 21.

The operation led to the discovery and confiscation of five pieces of caliber .45 guns with magazine and live ammunition, four boxes of blank ammos, one stun gun, four firearms boxes, a gun cleansing kit, 14 pieces of bladed weapons, and three firearms inside holsters.

Police Supt. Roque Merdegia Jr., CIDG Anti-Transnational Crime Unit (CIDG-ATCU) director, said the police was coordinating with the British Embassy to find out if Marney had previous criminal cases in his homeland.


He said two of Marney’s guns were licensed as firearms for security purposes, while the other two were unlicensed. The police is investigating why Marney had unlicensed guns and for what purpose.

Merdegia said Marney owned a marketing company but added that the investigating group did not yet know the exact business of his company. It was reported that he hired foreign employees.

Merdegia said the police was also looking into the involvement of Marney’s fiancee who was present when the suspect and his driver were arrested in their house in Pasig.

“If it is proven that [the fiancee]is a fugitive, a criminal case would also be filed against her,” he said at a press briefing.

Cases for violations of Republic Act 10591 or illegal possession of firearms will be filed against the suspects.

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