CAUGHT IN THE ACT. Police personnel account for the unlicensed high-powered firearms confiscated from suspected gunrunner Nashrollah Kando Rajabuayan (seated, handcuffed) after his arrest during an entrapment operation in Datu Paglas, Maguindanao on Tuesday (Sept. 13, 2022). Seized from him were three assault rifles and ammunition. (Photo courtesy of Datu Paglas MPS)

COTABATO CITYA 40-year-old suspected gunrunner was caught in an entrapment operation in Datu Paglas, Maguindanao, police said Wednesday.

Municipal police chief, Lt. Nelson Pedrico Jr., identified the suspect as Nashrollah Kando Rajabuayan of Barangay Poblacion in the same town. 

Pedrico said their undercover agent negotiated with and managed to confirm that Rajabuayan sold high-powered firearms to those looking to acquire assault rifles.

Police arrested Rajabuayan at the back section of the public market in Poblacion at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. 

The suspect did not resist arrest and police seized from his possession one M16 A1 rifle, one Bushmaster rifle, a 5.56 Colt rifle, and ammunition.

Police also seized the suspect´s Toyota Vios, mobile phones, and personal belongings.

Rajabuayan faces charges for violating Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act. (PNA)