May 22, 2024

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More weapons, other hitmen tools seized in Negros Oriental

By Justine Rich Talusan

MORE weapons and other pieces of evidence were seized by the Philippine National Police in Negros Oriental amid its continuing effort to account for the rest of the gunmen who killed Negros Oriental Gov. Roel R. Degamo and eight others in a gun attack on March 4

Among the confiscated evidence were photos of the late Gov. Degamo and sketches and pictures of his residence and building.

Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office director Col. Alex G. Recinto said recovered inside a house in Amparos Village Gravador’s Residence in Bgy Villareal, Bayawan City past 2 a.m. Sunday were two pieces of white bond paper with the photos of Degamo and his family and a sketch of the Degamo residence, and a hand grenade and a cal. .45 semi-automatic pistol with two magazines containing 12 live ammunition.

The target of the raid identified as Nigel Electona is being hunted.

The raid was conducted on the strength of a search warrant for illegal possession of firearms and explosives issued by Judge Jose Nathaniel S. Andal of the Cebu City Regional Trial Court.

Another raid in Purok Bangalow, Bgy. Suba, Bayawan City targeted Marvin Miranda, who was not around during the search.

Recovered were one improvised rifle, one Ingram 9mm machine pistol with magazine containing 15 bullets, a fragmentation grenade and four different pictures of the late governor, and a picture of a building which he frequents.

      The recovered evidence will be placed under the safekeeping of the Negros Oriental Provincial Forensic Unit  for examination while appropriate criminal charges for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 and RA 9516 or illegal possession of explosives will be filed against the two suspects.

Last Saturday, PNP agents searching for more weapons believed hidden in properties owned by the Teves brothers in Negros Oriental unearthed several powerful improvised explosive device in a compound owned by former governor Pryde Henry Teves.

Unearthed were a powerful IED, rifle-propelled grenades and several rounds of various live ammunition.

A tip from an informant prompted the officers to dig a hole in the spot, where the IEDs and other pieces of evidence were  recovered.