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Police hold trio for transporting ammo, explosives

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Police authorities are holding 3 people who were trying to smuggle government ammunition and explosives in the southern Philippine province of Misamis Oriental.

The trio – Jerry Balatbat and his wife Amalia, and Sergio Pangantihon – was in a van when intercepted at a checkpoint on Monday in Amoros village in El Salvador.

Police said those arrested came from Marawi City and heading to General Santos City, but they are all natives of South Cotabato’s Polomolok town. Seized from their van were boxes – marked with DND Arsenal – containing hundreds of ammunition for automatic rifles and grenade launchers.

The three are currently being investigated to determine where they got the ammunition and for whom. They are all facing criminal charges for illegal possession of explosives and ammunition.

It was unclear how the trio managed to passed numerous checkpoints along the way from Marawi where troops and policemen set up road blocks. (Mindanao Examiner)

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