Chinese nabbed in casino denies being a gunrunner

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THE Chinese who was arrested in a casino resort in Pasay City with a cache of heavy firearms at the back of his car vehemently denied that he is a gun runner.

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Replying to police query through an interpreter, 42-year-old Jerry Sy said he just borrowed a “friend’s| car and was not aware of the cache. He refused to identify the friend.

He said he only wanted to defend himself from Joseph Ang, 58, a casino agent and his unknown cohorts who were grabbing his expensive wristwatch that he pawned after losing to a gambling session a month ago.

The Hong Kong native claimed that Ang and his unidentified cohorts took turns in mauling him at the basement of Resorts World Casino on Thursday as he was trying to redeem his watch from them.

Southern Police District Director Chief Supt. Jose Erwin Villacorte earlier said that there is a probability that Sy was a hired muscle of a group of financiers who pay him to chase and take care of gamblers who refuse to pay their obligation.

Villacorte said he came up with this theory after they found an armory kept behind his Honda Accord car with conduction sticker DL-5105 parked at the VIP parking of the casino.

Upon inspection on the suspect’s vehicle, police discovered a number of high-powered firearms with silencers, smoke grenades, live hand grenades, various ammunition, axe, hammer, spikes, knives, stun gun, gloves, and a sachet of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia.

Sy denied that he owned the high-powered firearms, explosives and other deadly weapons as he just borrowed the car of his friend whom he refused to identify.

Sy is facing charges of violation of PD 1866 or Comprehensive Law on Firearm and Ammunition, Republic Act 9516 or Explosive Law, Possession of Dangerous Drug Act and physical injuries.

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