Police have confiscated at least 84 unlicensed firearms and ammunitions during a raid at a residential skyscraper in a posh area of Makati City Monday night.
Armed with a search warrant issued by Makati executive judge Rico Sebastian Liwanag, the composite police team swooped down on a condominium unit at the search warrant around 7 Edades Tower, Rockwell Center in Barangay Poblacion, Makati.
The seized firearms consisted of 13 5.56 rifles, 12 revolvers, 53 pistols, and seven submachine guns.
The raiding team was composed of operatives from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Anti Organized Crime Unit, the Makati City Police Station Intelligence Section, the Poblacion Community Police Substation, and the Special Weapons and Tactics.
The target suspects, identified as Taiwanese nationals Jiang Zhang Xiaodong, also known as Lu Ming Chung, eluded arrest.
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin Abalos, Jr. commended the policemen who took part in the operation.
“I extend the commendation of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. to the PNP for the strong manifestation of keen responsiveness to this priority action of government to take away all instruments of crime, violence, and oppression from unauthorized individuals,” Abalos said.
He also said one of the suspects was a member of a notorious syndicate in Taiwan wanted for illegal narcotics and telecom fraud operations.
It can be recalled that the CIDG, Makati City Police Station, Bureau of Immigration, and Philippine Drug Enforcement Administration (PDEA) previously issued a Warrant of Deportation and Mission Order to the three Taiwanese nationals on March 1 in Makati City due to information provided by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office.
Wu Jheng Long, Chen Chien-Ning, Yang Zong Bao and Chen Chun-Yu who are all fugitives and undocumented aliens involved in various crimes in Taiwan and the Philippines were arrested in this operation.]Four pistols and a submachine gun were confiscated from them.
“I instructed the PNP (Philippine National Police) to find out where the confiscated weapons came from and subject them to ballistics tests to find ou if they were used in illegal activities,” Abalos said.