File photo courtesy of 3rd Marine Brigade

Formal charges for illegal possession firearms, ammunition, and explosives were filed Monday afternoon by the Palawan Provincial Police Office (PPO) against the three suspected New People’s Army (NPA) members who were captured on October 27 in Brooke’s Point for alleged involvement in the burning of heavy equipment belonging to the Canipaan Earth Resources, Inc. (CERI).

PPO spokesperson P/Capt. Ric Ramos said cases have already been filed in court against suspects Olan Dabdab, Jun Pablo Garzon, and Nerlito Imon for violation of Republic Act (RA) 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act and RA 9516 amending Presidential Decree 1866.

Confiscated from them were a shotgun, caliber .38 revolver, rifle grenade, M16, and assorted ammunition.

“PNP ang nag-file ng cases — ang cases ay for violation of RA 10591 or comprehensive law on firearms and ammunition at saka ‘yong 9516 for possession of explosives,” Ramos said.

Dabdab, Garzon, and Imon were captured in Barangay Maasin, Brooke’s Point on Sunday by the Joint Task Group South (JTG South) and the Palawan Intelligence Bureau (PIB) after the heavy equipment burning incident on October 25 along the mine haul road between Km. 9 and Km. 10 at Sitio Malanap Interior, Barangay Punang, Sofronio Española.

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Ramos said the case in relation to the burning of CERI’s heavy equipment was not filed because it was made the basis of the joint law enforcement operations of the military and the police under the Palawan Task Force to Ending the Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) that led to their capture.

“Ang burning incident kasi para ‘yang naging basis ng hot pursuit operation at focused military operation, tapos nag-lead sa arrest ng nasabing suspects. Ang nakuha sa kanila ay ‘yong mga baril din nila pero ang kinaso ay violation ng RA 10591 at ‘yong sa explosives, nahuli kasi ito sa control nila, sa possession nila,” he said.

Ramos said they are also looking at the possibility of filing arson cases against the suspects.