PNP chief lauds Samar cops over arrest of 10 men in checkpoint

PNP chief lauds Samar cops over arrest of 10 men in checkpoint

TACLOBAN CITY – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, has lauded the policemen in San Jorge, Samar over the arrest of 10 people found in possession of illegal firearms and claiming to be military personnel at a checkpoint on Saturday night.

During a press briefing at the city’s airport here on Monday, Eleazar said the arrest of these people is proof the PNP is serious in enforcing laws even during a health crisis.

“We would like to commend them on their action. Our policemen are really working as part of our mission to achieve cleanliness and peace and order in our community,” said Eleazar who is in Eastern Visayas for a two-day visit.

In a statement, Samar police provincial director, Col. Glenn Oliver Cinco, said the 10 suspects were arrested at 6:30 p.m. on June 5 by personnel of San Jorge municipal police station for falsification of public documents, usurpation of authority, and illegal possession of firearms.

Policemen flagged down the vehicle at the checkpoint in San Jorge town center.

The suspects presented fake travel documents and nine of them showed fake military identification cards.

Also seized from them are four assorted firearms with several magazines and ammunition. The suspects have no permits to carry firearms. (PNA)

RECOVERED. Some of the firearms and ammunition recovered by policemen at a checkpoint in San Jorge, Samar on Saturday night (June 5, 2021). Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, lauded on Monday (June 7, 2021) the policemen in San Jorge, Samar over the arrest of 10 suspects at a checkpoint. (Photo courtesy of Samar police)

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