Mambaling bust: Two men from Talisay nabbed with parts of explosive devices

By: Pegeeen Maisie Sararaña - Multimedia Reporter - CDN Digital | October 09,2022 - 07:22 PM
Mambaling bust: Two men from Talisay nabbed with parts of explosive devices.

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CEBU CITY, Philippines — Two men were arrested in Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City on Sunday, Oct. 9, for allegedly selling parts of explosive devices, which they claimed to be used only for illegal fishing.

Elmer Santos, 60, and Ernesto Garcia Jr., 48, who are both residents of Barangay Biasong in Talisay City, were caught with several bundles of detonating cords with blasting caps during a buy-bust operation at past noon today, said personnel of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Central Visayas (CIDG-7) in a report.

Found in the possession of Santos, 60, and Garcia, 48, were boxes with 75 bundles of detonating cords with blasting caps.

The CIDG also said in the report that each bundle was made up 50 pieces of detonating cords with blasting caps.

Aside from those explosive materials, recovered from the suspects’ possession were a box containing 26 pieces of TNT charge with two cellular phones.

Again, both suspects told CIDG-7 personnel that the parts of the explosives were intended mainly for illegal fishing.

Both suspects will be facing charges for violating Republic Act 9516 or basically, the violation of the law of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition or explosives or instruments used in the manufacture of firearms, ammunition or explosives.

Santos and Garcia were detained at the detention facility of the CIDG-7, pending the filing of appropriate charges against them.

For his part, Police Colonel Ireneo Dalogdog, chief of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), said that they were not taking the arrest of the suspects lightly, especially since there were upcoming big events in the city.

Dalogdog said that he would coordinate and direct his station commanders to monitor this kind of activities — selling of materials for explosives.

As for the buy-bust operation, the CIDG-7 in its report said that it was a joint operation conducted by them, personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Regional Mobile Force Battalion in Central Visayas (RMFB-7), Mambaling Police Station, Regional Intelligence Department, and Regional Intelligence Unit in Central Visayas.

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