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    Missing firearms sold to Phl rebels?

    MEMBERS of the House Committee on Public Order and Safety are unsatisfied with the investigation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on the missing 1,004 firearms as they noted probers have prematurely concluded these were sold to communist rebels. A report on Friday said the PNP has not cancelled the license to operate of Caraga Security Agency owner Isidro Lozada who facilitated all 23 transactions for the rifles.
    During the hearing of the committee chaired by Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer of Negros Occidental, Rep. Romeo Acop of Antipolo City was unconvinced by the claim of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) that the 1,004 firearms were sold by Lozada to the New People's Army rebels.
    "Are you trying to tell this representation that the NPA can pay P52 million for firearms?," Acop asked CIDG Director Benjamin Magalong.
    Acop also asked Magalong if they had checked the financial capability of Lozada to determine if it was really his money that was used to purchase all 1,004 firearms worth P52 million from Twin Pines, Inc.
    "Is Mr. Lozada capable of buying these firearms? Because if he's not capable of spending P52 million for 1,004 firearms, then somebody must be behind his back, somebody who is moneyed," said Acop, an author of House Resolution 772 seeking an inquiry into the missing firearms issue.
    Acop, a lawyer and former CIDG Director, advised Magalong that by checking these important matters, probers can delve all possibilities on the missing firearms issue.
    For the next hearing of the committee, Acop asked Twin Pines, Inc. General Manager Servando Topacio, who was present during the hearing, to submit the company’s Bills of Lading for the 23 transactions involving the 1,004 firearms it sold to Lozada, including their packing list.

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