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An incumbent Barangay Captain and one (1) other were arrested by the CIDG during the implementation of its campaign against loose firearms on Saturday, August 14, 2021, in San Vicente, Palawan.

Four (4) Search Warrants, all issued by Hon. Anna Leah Y. Tionson-Mendoza, Executive Judge of RTC Branch 164, 4th Judicial Region, Roxas, Palawan were simultaneously implemented by joint elements of CIDG Palawan PFU, PIU, PIDMU Palawan PPO, RID-PAL, CIT&RSCG, 1ST Palawan Provincial Mobile Force, and San Vicente MPS against LOVICEL BONGGAT y VICETE, 45-year-old Brgy Captain of Purok Pag-asa, Brgy. Caruray, San Vicente, Palawan; RIZALDE BANDIOLA y SAN JOSE, and JAY GATDULA y ANDAL, a 50-year-old Government employee.

Two (2) of the said SWs were implemented against BONGGAT in his residences in Old Site and Purok Pag-Asa, both in Brgy. Caruray, San Vicente, Palawan wherein the search and seizure operation on the latter yielded in the confiscation of Fragmentation Grenade and two (2) Rifle Grenades.

Meanwhile, GATDULA was arrested for possession and control of five (5) rounds of caliber .45 ammunition. The police operation against BANDIOLA yielded a negative result.

Accordingly, BONGGAT is included in Palawan PPO’s list of personalities allegedly involved in financing terrorism to local CTGs.

“We are currently conducting an in-depth investigation of the involvement of BONGGAT with the CTGs especially the allegation that he is involved in financing the activities of the group,” says PMGEN ALBERT IGNATIUS D FERRO, CIDG Director.

The arrested persons and the confiscated pieces of evidence were brought to CIDG Palawan PFU office for proper disposition. Cases for violation of RA 9516 (Illegal Possession of Explosives) and RA 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Law) were filed against BONGGAT and GATDULA, respectively.

“The CIDG is continuously implementing its intensified anti-criminality campaigns to hamper lawless elements in pursuing their criminal intent and block them from using these loose firearms and explosives to pose threats and danger in our communities,” added CIDG Chief.