By SONNY SALES
A BIG mine operator in Jose Panganiban, CamNorte posted a bail of P288,000 to avoid arrest on charges for violation of RA-8294, or the “Illegal Possession of firearms, Ammunitions and Explosives” law.
The Provincial Police Office (PPO) of CamNorte has reported that two residences of mining-operator Ronnie Basar Habitan in Jacinto and Alakan Streets at barangay Plaridel in this town yielded caches of ammunitions, guns and explosives in a raid conducted by joint Intelligence operatives of the PNP national headquarters, regional intelligence unit-5, and the PPO public safety company and the local police.
CamNorte police director, Senior Supt Jose Lipa Capinpin said that the seizure of ordnance was conducted on the strength of two search warrants issued by Judge Mariano Dela Cruz Jr of RTC, branch 22, Manila.
Seized from Habitan’s two houses were: four boxes of ammunition for Cal. 45; three boxes ammunition for Cal. 9mm; nine boxes ammo for Cal 40; one box slug for Cal 40; one box slug for Cal 45; two silencers for long firearms; one bolt assembly for M-16 rifle; one Cal. 38 pistol, (ARMSCOR 22) with five bullets.
Other seized firearms consisted of one Cal 9mm pistol (model BRYCO-59); one magazine for Cal 9mm loaded with eight bullets; eight dynamite sticks (Nitro); and 10 meters safety time-fuse.
The court set the bail at P36,000 for each item seized from Habitan.
Meanwhile, Police director Capinpin has directed Jose Panganiban Police Chief Samson Belmonte to step-up efforts to arrest the suspects on the killing of Helen Trading employee, Nona Defeo Talento, 41, who was killed and robbed of P700,000 in cash by armed men at the town’s public market noon time of July 4.
The incident drew public concern on the increasing occurrence of bold armed robberies in full public view and broad daylight. – Vox Bicol