POLICE on Thursday seized 21 assorted high-caliber firearms and thousands of assorted ammunitions following a raid at a businessman’s residence in Negros Occidental.
Report to the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) identified the businessman as Eugene Lacson Gawat, 43, resident of No. 85 San Fernando and San Carlos Avenue, Banago, Bacolod City.
The operation, which was covered by a search warrant, is part of the PNP’s campaign against loose firearms.
Police said the businessman turned his residence into a virtual armory of loose firearms and illegal ammunitions.
Seized were 16 units of AK-47 rifles, two units of caliber .45 pistols, two units of shotgun rifles and one rifle of unknown caliber without markings.
Also confiscated were 3,5000 rounds of lime ammunition for caliber 7,62; 320 rounds for caliber 30; 1,000 rounds for M16; 320 rounds for caliber 308; 600 rounds for 9mm; and 400 rounds for caliber .40.
Other items recovered were 140 pieces of empty maga–zines for AK-47; 24 pieces of magazine pouches for AK-47; 25 pieces bayones for AK-47; and 24 pieces cleaning kits for AK-47.
The search warrant was issued by Judge Anita Guanzon-Chua of Branch 51, Regional Trial Court, 6th Judicial Region, Bacolod City.
All confiscated firearms were brought to the PNP-Crime Laboratory for ballis- tic examination.
Authorities said the suspect would be charged for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunitions.