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Chinese nationals nabbed for illegal firearms, attempted bribery in Taguig

Two Chinese nationals were arrested in Taguig City for the alleged possession of high-caliber firearms and attempted bribery.

In John Consulta’s 24 Oras report on Tuesday, a team of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) raided the suspect’s residence inside an exclusive subdivision after authorities received information he was concealing illegal firearms.

Recovered from the townhouse were several high-powered firearms, ammunition, helmets bearing the word “China”, a tactical vest, and a Chinese flag.

Also seized were luxury vehicles that include a McLaren sports car worth around P15 to P30 million.

“Firearms na high-powered, complete with protective gears, bullet (proof) vest, ballistic helmet,  pandigma ito eh mga armas. Is he a gun lover? Ano yung personality niya?” Police Major General Jose Melencio Nartatez, NCRPO chief, said.

(These were high-powered firearms, complete with protective gears, bullet [proof] vests, ballistic helmets, and assault weapons. Is he a gun lover? What is his personality?)

“Nakakuha tayo ng luxury cars, merong electric car at McLaren, worth P15 to P30 million. Napakamahal, saan sila kukuha nun? We are questioning this kasi walang documents napakita. We will be coordinating Customs and concerned agencies,” Nartatez added.

(We also seized luxury cars, an electric car, and a McLaren worth P15 to P30 million. These cost a lot of money, where did they get it? We are questioning this because they cannot provide documents. We will coordinate with the [Bureau of] Customs and other agencies.)

Speaking through an interpreter, the suspect said did not know who owns the confiscated items.

Meanwhile, another Chinese national was apprehended for allegedly attempting to bribe members of the NCRPO team.

“They bribed the police officers so the profiling will continue. That's why additional case laban sa kanila ang ipapatong,” Nartatez added.

(They tried to bribe the police officers so the profiling will continue. That’s why we will file an additional case against them.)

The NCRPO said it will conduct a follow-up operation to identify the other suspects.—Sundy Locus/RF, GMA Integrated News