Government-owned explosives, ammo seized in Misamis Oriental

Angelo Andrade, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 23 2017 09:48 PM

MISAMIS ORIENTAL - Government-owned explosives and ammunition were found inside a van at a checkpoint in Amoros, El Salvador City, in Misamis Oriental Monday morning, police said.

The van was driven by Jerry Balabat who was accompanied by his wife Amalia Balabat and a certain Sergio Pangantihon. They are all residents of Polomolok, South Cotabato.

They were travelling from Marawi City to General Santos City when flagged down by police. 

Police recovered 150 pieces of fired 7.62mm cartridges, 164 pieces of cal. 50 fired cartridges, six boxes containing 7.62mm live ammunition, 50 rounds of 60 cal. live ammunition, and others including six M-203 grenade launcher ammunition, which are considered as explosives.

Police Chief Inspector Richard Catipay, deputy chief of El Salvador Police, said based on the markings of the boxes, the ammunition were from government arsenal from Marawi City.

Jerry, the driver of the van, said they were not aware that they were carrying ammunition. He said they were paid P8,000 to bring items from Marawi City to General Santos City.

Authorities have yet to connect the three suspects to a terrorist group. The trio will be charged with illegal possession of ammunition and explosives.