Commander escapes dragnet but NPA driver caught for gun

AN ALLEGED member of New People’s Army (NPA), believed to be the driver of a top commander, was arrested after a gun was found in his possession at a Task Force Davao (TFD) checkpoint in Barangay Lacson, Calinan District on Saturday.

Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum identified the suspect as Fernando Artiz, 40, with no permanent address in the city.

Tagum said Artiz is the driver of Kumander Bobby of Front Committee 54 who was the initial target of the dragnet.

The DCPO director said they received information that Kumander Bobby was onboard a vehicle that passed the city in going to Lorega, Bukidnon on Saturday.

“We received the tip late so we intercepted them on their way back to the city,” Tagum said.

When the vehicle passed by at the TFD checkpoint in Purok 9, Barangay Lacson around 6:30 p.m. that day,

TFD personnel flagged down the vehicle.

Only the driver, later identified as Artiz, was inside the city-bound vehicle, a gray pick-up with plate no. LGY 317.

During the inspection, a Mark IV .45 caliber pistol, serial number FLO3656, loaded with magazine and ammunition, was found inside the vehicle.

Artiz was turned over to the Calinan police station as he will be charged for violating RA 10591 (illegal possession of firearm).

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