PMGEN VICENTE D DANAO JR confirmed the arrest of a notorious gun-runner and the recovery of high- end loose firearms conducted by the operatives of Northern Police District – District Special Operation Unit on June 15, 2021 at Pasay City.
According to the report submitted by PBGEN JOSE S HIDALGO JR, District Director, the suspect was identified as John Christian T. Bautista, 33 years old, residing at Lt 7 Camella Lesssandra, Brgy. Bucandala IV, Imus, Cavite City who has been long involved in gun-running activities operating in Metro Manila, Region 4A, and other adjacent provinces.
The operation stemmed from an information from a concerned citizen regarding a chat group on Facebook wherein firearms are being sold among gun enthusiast members. To validate the veracity of the aforementioned information ,an operative acted as a buyer and transacted with the suspect.
Upon validation, an entrapment operation was hatched at Metropolitan Petron Gas Station along Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City about 11:00 am of June 15, 2021 to where the suspect agreed to meet up.
DSOU operatives immediately arrested the suspect and successfully recovered the following pieces of evidence.
- Thompson submachine gun cal .45 M1 SN 175291 with one magazine;
- MGV 176 Cal .22 LR SN 3037;
- STI 9mm with SN# KF 11205;
- Cobra Special Cal .38-no serial no.
- Cal .40 Smith and Wesson with SN NEH 8367 and
- CAL .45 COLT 38720
Thereafter, DSOU was able to contact Bautista’s wife and informed her regarding his arrest. During the investigation, she confided that the suspect has remaining firearms at their residence which she was willing to surrender.
Wasting no time, operatives facilitated the surrender of the said firearms witnessed by Barangay Captain Gary O Bacos of Brgy. Bucandala IV, Imus, Cavite City.
The following firearms were surrendered:
- Assault Rifle FMK F/A (Tactical) Infant
- One (1) Shotgun Mossberg T 851464
- One (1) AK SN-A 502975
- One (1) MA Carbine Cal. 5.56 MM SN 123561
- One (1) US Carbine Defaced SN
- One (1) .22 TCM SN TR008777
- One (1) Sniper Riffle SN Defaced
- One (1) Performance STR SW-SN Defaced
- One (1) Taurus SN NDX 91540
- Assorted Box of Ammunition; Assorted Ammunition; Assorted Magazine
The suspect is now under the custody of DSOU for proper disposition while charges for violation of RA 10591 (Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition).
This laudable accomplishment is attributed to the strong partnership between the police and the empowered and vigilant community and clearly manifests its trust and confidence to its police force that they could heavily relied on. With the arrest of the suspect and the confiscation of voluminous number of firearms, the streets of Metro Manila is safer from the hands of unscrupulous and gun wielding individuals.
“Ang matatataas na kalibre ng baril na ito ay maaaring magdulot ng kapahamakan sa ating mga kababayan kung mapupunta sa maling mga kamay. Ang mga ito ay maaaring magamit sa krimen ng mga ilang masasamang loob para sa pansariling kapakanan, kaya naman binabati ko ang NPD para sa tagumpay na ito Gayundin, nais naming magpasalamat sa ating mga kababayan na tumutulong at nagbibigay ng ganito kahalagang impormasyon. Hinihikayat namin ang lahat na gawin ang tama at iulat sa mga awtoridad. Makaaasa kayo na mananatiling sikreto ang inyong pagkakakilanlan,” said PMGEN DANAO.###