March 29, 2012
Two Muslim members of a syndicate selling illegal firearms were arrested during a buy-bust operation by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Quezon City the other day.
The suspects were identified by NBI Officer-In-Charge Atty. Nonnatus Caesar R. Rojas as:
MINSUARI LANGCAP OROGAN, 34, security guard, and a resident of Lot 5, Block 25, Don Mariano St., North Fairview, Quezon City; and
SALIC MACADATO LANGCO, 39, security guard, and a resident of Block 38, Lot 12, Bayer St., North Fairview, Quezon City.
Investigation report of the Counter Intelligence Division (CID ) headed by Atty. Dave Segunial disclosed that the Bureau received reliable information that a certain group who called themselves as the "Guardian" are selling loose firearms used by criminals. They allegedly come from a certain "SUPREMO" in Cebu and are shipped to Manila through the ports. The handguns, .45 caliber pistols, and sub machine guns (SMGs) are sold by the syndicate at P15,000 and P29,000 a piece with the suspects earning commissions at P1,500 and P3,500, respectively.
NBI undercover operatives were able to trace the source in Bgy. Samasapi, North Fairview, Quezon City and bought from suspects a .45 caliber pistol on March 2, 2012 and a 9 mm sub-machine gun on March 15, 2012, with magazines and ammunitions. After the initial purchases, NBI operatives conducted a buy-bust operation near their residence on March 27, 2012 resulting to the arrest of the suspects, Orogan and Langco. It is also believed that they were among those responsible for the proliferation of loose firearms in the streets which are being used by the "riding in tandem" robbery/hold-up gang.
Recovered from them were three (3) .45 caliber pistols and a 9mm sub-machine gun (SMG) with magazines and ammunitions.
Suspects were referred for inquest before Asst. City Prosecutor Diovie M. Macaraig-Calderon, of the Quezon City Prosecutor's Office who recommended the filing of a case for violation of PD 1866, as amended by RA 8294.