Defeated vice mayoral aspirant yields guns, grenades, ammo

The unlicensed guns seized by CIDG operatives from a defeated vice mayoral aspirant in Maguindanao. (Photo courtesy of Ferdinand Cabrera)

COTABATO CITY—Police authorities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) arrested today, July 1, a defeated vice mayoral aspirant in Maguindanao and seized unlicensed guns in a pre-dawn law enforcement operation.

Police said Usop Sanggacala Aron, former chairman of Barangay Rumirimbang, Barira town, did not resist the implementation of a search warrant in his house in Parang town.

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Aron ran but lost in the vice mayoral race in Barira during the May elections.

Lieutenant Colonel Bernard Lao, head of BARMM’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), led the operation based on a search warrant issued by a local court.

CIDG operatives, backed by Barira police and soldiers, swooped down at 1 a.m. Friday on the house of Aron in Barangay Orandang.

Police seized four M-16 Armalite rifles, one M-14 rifle, one Armalite with a rifle grenade launcher, a caliber .380 pistol, 16 40-mm grenades, and various ammunition.

Aron told the police that he owned only two firearms, although these were unlicensed.

He told authorities that neighbors and acquaintances pawned the other firearms to his son.