4 men with fake gold bars freed for lack of complaint

FOUR persons were intercepted at the checkpoint of Task Force Davao in Barangay Sirawan, Toril on the tip that they were carrying guns. But the authorities did not find any firearm from their vehicle, except for three fake gold bars. However, they were released Friday since the police had to legal grounds to hold them for much longer.

Released from the temporary custody of Talomo Police station were Arnel J. Arca, 48, and Ramil Medecino, 42, both residents of Barangay Klinan in General Santos City; Ronnie Payangod Payacan, 46, resident of Matina Aplaya and Dennis G. Neñofranco, 42, resident of Villa San Isidro Bringuiz in Rizal, Manila.

According to the report, police intercepted the gray Mitsubishi pick-up  traveling to the city from Davao del Sur.

Then they were brought to Talomo police precinct for further investigation.

Chief Insp. Milgrace C. Driz, spokesperson of Davao City Police Office, said  the four were released in the afternoon of the same day since there was no complainant against them.

“It turned out they were not involved in any crime as per verification and validation by the Talomo police,” she said.

Police received information that the four were members of the Alferez acetylene martilyo gang, which victimizes pawnshops all throughout the region.

Also, according to Driz, the fake gold bars were given back to them. However, two of the items were asked by some personnel manning the checkpoint supposedly to be kept as a souvenir.

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