• The PNP CIDG seized several high-powered guns and ammunition believed to be supplied to Abu Sayyaf bandits and ARMM warlords
• The weapons have been traced back to government arsenal
• The suspect refused to identify the source of the weapons
Suspects believed to be supplying weapons to Abu Sayyaf bandits and other political warlords in the Autonomous Region In Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have been arrested by the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in a house just a stone’s throw away from the PNP National Headquarters.
As noted by the Inquirer, a cache of M203 grenade launchers, M14, M16 and thousands of ammunition, all worth at least P6 million, were confiscated from Unding Kenneth Isa and three identified as Hja Risdimona Isa, Aljamer Akarab Mandih, and Hurbin Alhi Sahibul.at No. 8, Unit 4 Barangay West Crame in San Juan City on Saturday, September 24.
The CIDG said Unding Kenneth Isa ran for Sulu vice governor in the May 9, 2016 elections, but lost.
“The contraband will be used in the alleged strengthening of the ASG’s armaments in their fight against the government’s forces in Sulu and Basilan, as well as the intensification of their kidnapping and bombing operations,” PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa said.
De la Rosa suspected that Isa has a contact from the government arsenal as most of the recovered ammunition have been traced back to the government arsenal.
“We suspect that they have a contact within the government arsenal dahil paano nakakalabas ‘tong mga bala kung wala silang contact [because how could these ammunition get out if they have no contact]?” he said.
CIDG director Chief Supt. Roel Obusan said Isa refused to identify his source of the weapons. Isa said he fears for the safety of his family in Sulu.