British man, Filipino nabbed in Valle Verde raid

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 24 2017 05:22 PM

MANILA- Police on Friday arrested a British national and his Filipino companion in Pasig City for violating the firearms law.

Matthew George Marney and his Filipino companion Romel Mañas Castillo were nabbed during the conduct of a search warrant at a house in Valle Verde 5, Pasig.

Members of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group- Anti-Transnational Crime Unit (CIDG-ATCU) recovered 5 units of caliber .45 guns with 5 magazines, 25 pieces of live ammunition, and 4 boxes of caliber .45 blank ammunition. 

Authorities also recovered a stun gun, a box of gun-cleaning kit, 14 pieces of bladed weapons, 3 pieces of firearms holsters, a magazine pouch, and an improvised slingshot. 

CIDG-ATCU chief Police Supt. Roque Merdegia Jr said they received a tip last September and conducted a surveillance operation before the raid.

Merdegia said they will coordinate with the British Embassy about Marney. 

"Makikipag ugnayan kami sa British embassy tungkol sa background ng suspek. Kung ito ba ay mayroong record at involvement sa mga illegal transactions abroad," he said. 

Both suspects will be charged with violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms Law and Ammunition.