• Chinese nat’l denies he’s a gunrunner

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    THE Chinese national who was arrested in a casino resort in Pasay City vehemently denied that he is a gunrunner ought to kill the man he attempted to stab.

    Through an interpreter, the suspect identified as Jerry Sy, 42, said, he only tried to defend himself from Joseph Ang, 58, a casino agent and his unknown cohorts.

    Sy, a  native of Hong Kong, was arrested by operatives of the Pasay city police after he chased and attempted to stab Ang on Thursday before dawn at the basement parking area of Resort World Casino.

    He said Ang took turned in mauling him after he tried to redeem his expensive wrist watch he pawned to the latter when he lost in gambling a month ago.

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

    Villacorte came up with this theory after authorities discovered 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.

    However, Sy denied that he owned the high powered firearms, explosives  and other deadly weapons saying that he only borrowed the car to a friend who he refused to identify.

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

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