Agents of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) intercepted thousands of ammunitions and grenade launchers in a bus terminal here Thursday morning.
Chief Inspector Melgar Debaras, the deputy CIDG chief in Northern Mindanao, said that about 8,000 ammunition for a 60 caliber machine gun, and four M203 grenade launchers were intercepted on board a Philtranco bus at the Agora Bus Terminal here Thursday morning.
The passenger buses of the Philtranco Bus Company, regularly ply the Manila-Cagayan De Oro-Davao and vice versa route.
Debaras said that the items were placed in a carton and were declared as “spare parts.”
Two suspects identified as Jabbar Makatanong and Makarangal Amir Sultan, both of Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur, admitted owning the items, Debaras said.
He said that the suspects, who also claimed to be members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILG), are now undergoing tactical investigation at the CIDG regional headquarters in Cagayan De Oro City.
During the initial investigation, the suspects said that they bought the ammunition in Manila to be sold in their store in Marawi City, Debaras said.
He said that the investigators were now trying to establish the true identity of the suspects because of the recovery of several identification cards bearing various names in their possession. (PNA)