Cops arrest 2 men with pistol, machine gun

By Edwin Fernandez

SEIZED. Suspects Mohaddin Sabal Monico and Alidatu Abdul Monico are shown with the firearms seized from them at a checkpoint along Delta Bridge in Cotabato City on Friday (June 4, 2021). Confiscated inside their car were a .50 caliber machine gun and a .45 caliber pistol while entering the city from Maguindanao. (Photo courtesy of HPG-Cotabato)

COTABATO CITY: Police arrested two men for possession of a .50 caliber machinegun and a .45 caliber pistol while entering the city from Maguindanao on Friday.

Police Maj. Elexon Bona, city police station 1 chief, said joint operatives of the city police and the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) intercepted a green sedan car at a quarantine checkpoint at Delta Bridge in Barangay Poblacion 1 at about 10:30 a.m.

“The checkpoint personnel noticed two men acting suspiciously during checkpoint operation, prompting them to carefully (check) the car,” Bona said.

He added that police found a .45 caliber pistol and a disassembled .50 caliber machinegun with bullets inside the car.

The two suspects were later identified as Mohaddin Sabal Monico, 35; and Alidatu Abdul Monico, 28, both of Maguindanao.

Bona said HPG-Cotabato operatives are currently checking on the vehicle’s registration records.

The two refused to talk to reporters inside the police lockup.

Philippine News Agency

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