A team led by PSupt Rodolfo Albotra Jr., Chief of Provincial Intelligence Branch, CPPO conducted a buy-bust operation in St Peter Village, Barangay Taboc, Danao City, Cebu on January 24, 2013 which resulted to the seizure of P1 million worth of gun parts and gun-making machines.
Arrested during the operation were eight people identified as Antonio Gian, 71 years old, a resident of Barangay Poblacion, the alleged financier of the illegal gun manufacturing; Normanito Gian, 41 years old, and Ildefonso Capitan, 52 years old both residents of Barangay Guinsay; Benidecto Manulat, 52 years old, a resident of Barangay Cogon; Eldebrando Gian, 36 years old, a resident of Barangay Quisol; Gomersindo Bayo, 41 years old, a resident of Barangay Tuburan Sur; Jayme Silverio Sr., 54 years old, and Vivencio Villasan, 30 years old both residents of Barangay Tuburan Sur.
It was Antonio Gian who personally made the transaction with an undercover police operative in exchanged off P500.00 marked money.
SPO1 Reynaldo Solante, PIB operative, said Antonio Gian was under surveillance for two weeks before the operation.
Seized from the house of Antonio were five barrels, five revolver cylinders and two slides. Antonio's five other accomplices were also arrested after they were caught making gun parts within the vicinity.
Operatives also recovered five lathe machines, two bench grinders, welding rods, several assorted drill bits, a welding machine, three baby butt stocks for an M16 rifle, two hand guards for a CAR-15, two bench drills, a machine grover, a radial power cutter, two bench vices, several barrel bushings and other assorted machines and tools with an estimated worth of P 800,000.00. A total of thirty-five revolver cylinders, 35 pistol slides and several pieces of flat bars worth P200, 000.00 were also seized during the operation including a tricycle with license plate numbers GY 6996.
In a separate operation on the same day, authorities arrested Silverio and Villasan in a buy-bust operation in Sitio Cambiohan, Barangay Poblacion, Danao City, Cebu. Both were arrested right after they handed over three barrels and three revolver cylinders to an undercover police operative in exchanged of P300. Police also confiscate 46 barrels and 21 reverse slugs from the suspects.
PSSupt Patrocinio A Comendador Jr., CPPO Provincial Director said that the confiscation of machines and gun spare parts will greatly affect the loose firearms industry in Danao City. Around 80 to 90 percent of productions were abolished and this is a big blow to the loose firearms production in the city, a big possibility to lessen their production. He added that Antonio Gian can provide 20 different firearms in a day with a total of about 100 firearms in a week.
The eight arrested suspects are facing criminal charges against violation of RA 8294 or illegal possession, manufacture, dealing in, acquisition or disposition of firearms, ammunition or explosives or instruments used in the manufacture of firearms, ammunition or explosives.