In response to reports a police operation in Velenzuela of a rebel supplier yielding firearms and ammunition bearing the seal and name of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Army has reiterated that they will not tolerate corruption in their ranks.
“The PA is now conducting investigation regarding the incident. We are in full support to the PNP (Philippine National Police) to determine who are behind or in cahoots to this nefarious activity,”, said Philippine Army (PA) spokesperson Lt. Col. Louie Villanueva.
Army personnel found to be involved in and illegal or criminal activities can expect to be dismissed from the service, along with being charged with the appropriate criminal and administrative charges for their violations.
“We do not tolerate anyone in our rank who are bent on doing criminal acts. If ever or proven that any member of the PA is involve, we will not hesitate to impose the necessary legal or disciplinary action,” Villanueva stressed
Operatives of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Sunday arrested suspects Edgardo and Rosemarie Medel during an entrapment operation in Valenzuela City on Sunday. Initial reports of the arrest claim that the two suspects have connections with the rogue politicians and the ISIS-inspired Maute Group in Mindanao. The operation led to the seizure of two assault riffles, a handgun, 12,893 rounds of live ammunition for a M-60 light machine gun and M-16 automatic rifle. Some of the seized arms bore AFP seal or were linked to AFP personnel.