As per the directive of PGen GUILLERMO LORENZO T ELAZAR CPNP to ensure the safety of the nation against terrorism and criminality during Undas and other upcoming national major events, the CIDG launched a full-scale operation to foil terrorist and criminal plots.
On October 14, 2021, CIDG Cavite Provincial Field Unit operatives together with other PNP and local AFP units apprehended two individuals for unlawfully selling controlled explosive substances and paraphernalia. CHARLITO TENORIO y MARPIL was nabbed during a buy-bust operation in Barangay Bacao 2, General Trias City, Cavite, while the alleged mastermind, JAY-R SUSON, was arrested during a follow-up operation along National Hi-way Barangay Isabang, Lucena City, Quezon, by the same team.
The following pieces of evidence were seized from the possession of Tenorio:
• Thirty (30) units of 25-kilogram sacks of Ammonium Nitrate with a total weight of 1,653 pounds or 750 kilograms;
• One thousand pieces of improvised blasting caps;
• Php1,000.00 bill used as marked money;
• One hundred twenty pieces of faux Php1,000.00 bills used as buy-bust money; and
• One Foton Traveler van.
Following Tenorio’s arrest, he revealed the Suson’s whereabouts, leading to the latter’s immediate arrest. The explosives seized were estimated to be more or less Php200,000.00 in total.
Ammonium Nitrate is a commonly used ingredient for industrial explosives and Improvised Explosive Devices (makeshift bombs for terror attacks). The amount of explosives seized from the suspects is massive enough to reach a danger range of 1.182 kilometers when open detonated as a bare exposed explosive. Intentional or accidental detonations from such a massive amount of explosive is considered by specialists as an extreme hazard to life and property within the said range.
CIDG Director, PMGen Albert Ignatius D Ferro said that in compliance with the orders, the CIDG will conduct a thorough investigation to determine whether or not these materials and substances were sold to politically motivated groups, criminal groups, and/or terrorist groups.
“Aalamin po natin ang lawak at lalim ng operasyon ng mga taong ito. This is not just a simple buy-and-sell business or activity, sa imbestigasyong ating isasagawa ay matutuklasan natin ang tunay na layon at paggagamitan ng mga substances at materials na ito,” added PMGen Ferro.
The suspects will face charges for violation of RA 9516 (Illegal/Unlawful Possession, Manufacture, Dealing In, Acquisition or Disposition of Firearms, Ammunition or Explosives or Instruments Used in the Manufacture of Firearms, Ammunition or Explosives).
“As the National and Local Elections 2022 draw near, your AMIGO COPS will sustain its operations against all forms of criminality and terrorism, our commitment to ensure a safe, secure, and peaceful election,” says CIDG Director.