Authorities are in the custody of a 13-year-old boy after being caught with firearms at a checkpoint in Barangay Nabundas, Shariff Saydona Mustapha Tuesday.
A tractor driven by a minor was loaded with firearms and other firearm equipment.
According to the spokesperson of the 6th Infantry Battalion Lieutenant Colonel John Paul Baldomar, the minor said his father allegedly only ordered him to carry the firearms.
But authorities have not yet determined whether the boy’s father belongs to the rebel groups.
“Iniisip ng father na he could pass the checkpoint kasi minor. Sa ngayon, under investigation pa, kasi yung name ng tatay hindi connected sa any group,” said Baldomar.
Among the firearms confiscated were an M16 rifle, 38 pieces of M16 barrels, 6 M14 black plates, 2 M16 butt plates, various rifle parts, a welding machine, and three metal clamps.
Authorities are still investigating the identity of the minor’s family.
Regional border checkpoints in Agusan del Norte and Misamis Oriental will be restored starting July 22
The Regional Border Control Point on the boundary between Caraga Region and Misamis Oriental in Region 10 will be strictly enforced starting this Thursday.
This was agreed upon by members of the Caraga Regional Task Force for COVID-19 One Caraga Shield (RTF-COCS) teleconference on Wednesday led by Gov. Dale Corvera of Agusan del Norte, chairperson of RTF-COCS and the Caraga Regional Development Council.
It aims to prevent the further spread of the Delta variant. So far, there have been eight active cases of the Delta variant after retests were conducted on patients previously tagged as recovered.
According to the Department of Health, of the eight cases, 4 were in Cagayan de Oro, one in Manila, one in Misamis Oriental, while two were Filipinos who came from abroad.
On Monday, July 19, Corvera issued Executive Order Number 34 stating the requirement of a Health Certificate or Barangay Exit pass for passengers and travelers from Region 10 entering the Caraga Region.
It was also agreed in the teleconference earlier that non-Caraga residents must present a negative RT-PCR test or vaccination card stating whether they have been given the 1st or second dose. Authorized persons outside of residence (APOR) only need to bring ID and Travel Authority.