Unlicensed ammunition trader nabbed in Marawi City

By Edwin Fernandez

May 2, 2023, 6:34 pm

<p><em>(Infographic from PRO-BARMM)</em></p>

(Infographic from PRO-BARMM)

CAMP S.K. PENDATUN, Maguindanao del Norte – The Police Regional Office in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (PRO-BAR) reported Monday the arrest of a businessman allegedly engaged in peddling ammunition for various calibers following an entrapment operation in Marawi City.

Brig. Gen. Allan Nobleza, PRO-BAR regional director, said police seized more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition of assorted calibers from Omar Romandiar Manalusug, 32, of Marawi City.

"As part of our intensified operations ahead of the (Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan) election season, rest assured that we will never stop in our efforts to curb the illegal trade of unlicensed firearms and illegal sale of ammunition,” Nobleza said in a statement.

Manalusug was arrested in the afternoon of April 30 after he allegedly sold several bullets to an undercover agent from his store in Barangay Panggao Saduc in Marawi City.

Nobleza said the selling of ammunition requires a permit from the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame, and Manalusug had nothing to show the arresting team.

Manalusug has a business permit to sell kitchen utensils that he used as a front for selling bullets, the police official added.

The suspect faces a criminal complaint for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act. (PNA)