PNP to file charges against five officers for missing AK-47s

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THE Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) on Thursday said it will file criminal and administrative charges against five senior police officers in connection with missing AK-47 assault rifles that turned out to be in the custody of leftist rebels in Mindanao.

CIDG chief Director Benjamin Magalong said two of the officers charged for the more than 1,000 missing assault rifles are still active in service.

To be charged are former PNP Civil Security Group head Director Gil Meneses, Central Luzon Police Director Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta, Chief Supt. Tomas Rentoy of the Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies, Senior Supt. Regie Catiis and Senior Supt. Eduardo Acierto Jr.

Magalong said the PNP is almost done with its investigation and the charges will be filed before the office of the Ombudsman.


The CIDG chief said some of the officers have already retired from the police service and others have opted to go on a non-duty status, Petrasanta and Acierto still remain in active police service.

Earlier reports said that Twin Pines Inc., a licensed importer of firearms, gun parts, ammunitions and shooting accessories, sold the AK-47 and M-16 Armalite rifles to JTC Mineral Mining Corp. operating in the Caraga region.

The weapons were supposed to be used by the mining firm’s security forces against the New People’s Army and other criminals in the region.

However, police officers tasked to conduct a nationwide gun check discovered last year that the weapons were missing from JTC’s inventory.

The five police officials have initially claimed that the purchase of the high-powered firearms was “aboveboard” and passed all the requirements.

President Benigno Aquino 3rd, however, got wind of the alleged anomaly and ordered PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima to conduct a deeper investigation.

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  1. this is a “ho-hum” story. Why? Sales of military firearms to the rebels has been going on. If only people would listen to the stories on the streets they will get more information than sitting in their air conditioned rooms “working”. That is why a few times after encounters with the rebels they seize firearms that were supposed to be issued to our military. or, sometimes, maybe they don’t seize the firearms knowing that it will be traced back to them. This is not new, this has been going on in our history, the true history of our country, not the one fabricated by our officials. the military had been given the biggest budget time over time and this money went to ghost deliveries, fake research spending, inferior grade equipment, while our soldiers go out there with food ration that is substandard. how can we issue for example helmets to these soldiers that are substandard? how can we not feed them well so they can perform well in the field? the officers from the bottom up (not all of them) get a share of the money. Just like our Land and transportation department, where for instance a 10 million budget actually only becomes 1 million when it reaches the roads to be repaired. ARE WE NOT TIRED OF THIS? WE MUST! AND WE MUST STAND FOR WHAT IS RIGHT FOR CHANGE.