Alleged MILF member nabbed for illegal possession of firearms

By Noning Antonio, ABS-CBN News Zamboanga

Posted at Jan 10 2015 12:22 PM | Updated as of Jan 10 2015 08:57 PM

ZAMBOANGA CITY - An alleged member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was arrested after he was caught carrying an unlicensed .45-caliber pistol at a bus terminal in Barangay Guiwan, Zamboanga City on Friday.

Police identified the suspect as Erwen Sawardi, a native of Talusan municipality in Zamboanga Sibugay.

Police said Sawadi was acting suspiciously when he alighted from a bus at around 2 p.m.

This prompted a policeman assigned at the terminal to approach him and conduct a body search on him and search his bag.

Confiscated from the suspect was a .45-caliber pistol.

Authorities said Sawadi identified himself as a member of the MILF under a commander operating in Basilan. He, however, refused to identify the commander.

Police told ABS-CBN News that they are still verifying reports from an informant that the Sawadi was in Zamboanga City for an undisclosed mission.

The suspect is now undergoing tactical interrogation.