MANILA, Philippines — Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs Office chief (AFP-PAO) Colonel Edgard Arevalo said the 10 armed men who attempted to enter Camp Aguinaldo on Monday have no proper documents of exemption from the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) current gun ban.
“They were asked if they have guns, then outright they said they have. When they were requested to present their authority to present firearms or exemption from Comelec gun ban, they had nothing to show,” said Arevalo.
Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Director PCSupt. Guillermo Eleazar said that they have already filed multiple complaints against the violators.
“Illegal possession of firearms or PD 1866 as amended by R.A. 10591 and also City Ordinance 5121 or illegal possession of bladed weapons and also violation of Omnibus Election Code,” said Eleazar.
According to the supposed leader of the group identified as Daniel Pagalan who goes by the alias, “Kumander Walang Patawad”, they just wanted to talk to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
He said they want to secure accreditation as a group that fights off criminality.
“The truth is when we were in Davao, we passed through the 10th Division, they did not advise us. We offered the arms. We said, ‘Sir, we have loaded guns.’ We showed it to them. And they asked, ‘What department are you from?’ We said, ‘We’re from the Department of Intelligence, Sir.’ They said that for record purposes, we might get arrested, that’s why our trip was in good faith Ma’am, there’s no malice, ” said Pagalan.
The QCPD is conducting a thorough investigation to determine if someone ordered them to go to Camp Aguinaldo with firearms.
The armed men, who are members of the so-called ASEAN Anti-Communist League of the Philippines, were all wearing black shirts and were carrying two .45 caliber, three 9-mm, and ammunition. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue