Sandawa raid

Police seize several rifles, explosives from trader
POLICE seized several high-powered assault rifles, explosives and ammunition in a raid inside the office of a businessman in Sandawa Park, Quimpo Boulevard, Barangay 76-A, at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum said Earl Vincent G. Calma, who was named in the search warrant, a resident of 2BD, 5th Street in Ecoland, also in the same barangay, was not around during the raid.

Several teams from the DCPO, headed by Talomo Precinct commander Chief Insp. Ronald Lao, implemented the search warrant issued by Executive Judge Emmanuel Carpio of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Monday for apparent violation of RA 10591, the comprehensive firearms and ammunition regulation act.

The operation resulted to the recovery of the two M4 Bushmaster assault rifles, two Baby M16 rifle with a M203 grenade launcher, eight explosive ammunition for M203 grenade launcher, 585 pieces of 5.56 live ammunition for M16 rifle, pieces of .45 caliber live ammunition, 235 pieces of  9mm live ammunitions, 60 pieces of  7.62 live ammunition for M14 rifle, 46 pieces of .22 caliber live ammunition for caliber 22, 16 pieces of 5.56 empty short magazines, seven pieces of 5.56 long empty mags and 3 pieces of bandoliers for M16 mags.

Also recovered were assorted empty cartridges, pistol belts and other accessories.

Barangay officials, led by chair Rolando Trajera, and reporters witnessed the implementation of the search warrant.

The firearms and explosives were kept in the drawers inside the two comfort rooms of the office. Only the suspect’s brother and office staff were inside the office during the raid. Lao said they are still investigating why Calma possessed a large cache of firearms.

It was learned that only one of the confiscated firearm has a license but the license has already expired.

Lao said they applied for the search warrant after they received reports that the suspect owned several firearms.