Six suspects caught illegally selling firearms and spare parts of firearms in Bulacan underwent inquest this Sunday.
According to the chief of the National Capital Region Police Office, Major General Vicente Danao Jr., the seized firearms and gun spare parts should no longer be sold because they are “for disposal.”
“Usually kasi ‘yan sinasabi nating disposal na ito kasi talaga ito kasi ‘yung beyond economical repair na firearms actually hindi na dapat ginagamit yan… Pero siyempre just like any other vehicle…Hindi naman lahat ‘yan talagang worn out ibig sabihin sa isang firearm na pwede pa gamitin yung isang part diyan…So lahat yan i-chop chop so eventually lahat ‘yan pag dudugdugtungin,” he said.
(Usually, because we say this disposal because it’s really because beyond economical repair firearms actually shouldn’t be used anymore … But of course, just like any other vehicle… Not all of that is really worn out, that is, a firearm that one part can still be used there… So they will chop it all and build new ones.)
But the suspects allegedly chopped and checked what other parts of the guns could still be used and build a new gun.
Thousands of firearms seized in Bulacan – PNP
According to Danao, the confiscated guns were M-16, M-14, Caliber 30, and 60 so-called ancient guns, which were tried to be repaired for reuse. Not just one agency is involved in this, especially those who dispose of ammunition.
“Kaya pala ang daming nagbebenta ng firearms, binebenta nila online…Parang candy lang, imagine online binebenta. Kung puwede ka pala bumili online anybody can buy,” he said.
(That’s why so many people sell firearms, they sell them online … It’s like candy, imagine selling them online. If you can buy online, anybody can buy.)
According to Danao, the weapons may be used in the upcoming elections.
Danao added that the guns were allegedly sold to organized crime groups, the Maute group, and the Abu Sayyaf Group.
If the allegations against the suspects are substantiated, life imprisonment may be imposed on them, and it is non-bailable.
Authorities are still investigating the source of the seized firearms and spare parts.