MAGUINDANAO VILLAGE EXEC NABBED FOR GUN POSSESSION
COTABATO CITY – A village chairperson in Maguindanao is facing charges of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition after he was arrested by soldiers and police in a checkpoint in Alamada, North Cotabato on Friday.
Alamada police chief, Chief Insp. Joan Resurreccion, identified the arrested official as Badrudin Kamid, chairperson of Barangay Linamunan, Talayan, Maguindanao.
Also invited for questioning were the official’s brother, Ali Kamid, 24, and an escort named Malat Sapal, both residents of Barangay Linamunan.
Resurreccion said Kamid and his companions in their black Toyota Hi-Lux pick-up truck sped away when flagged down by law enforcers at about 4 p.m.
“They want to avoid police and Army checkpoints so they sped off and almost hit another motorist,” the town police chief said.
However, the suspects were intercepted in another checkpoint, where police officers and soldiers were already waiting.
Seized from the village official were an unlicensed .45-caliber pistol, two magazines, and 20 bullets.
Resurreccion said Kamid told authorities that he was heading to a relative but failed to coordinate with the police that he was armed.
Police said aside from illegal possession of firearms, the trio is also facing charges for evading police checkpoints implemented under martial law in Mindanao. (PNA)
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