PNP officials facing administrative, criminal charges after 1,004 AK47s sold to NPA

Sixteen Philippine National Police officials are facing charges in connection with missing 1,004 high-powered AK47 firearms subject to investigation of the Office of the Ombudsman. AK47s were allegedly sold to New People’s Army. Complaints filed against them includes administrative and criminal cases.

The PNP officials are from Firearms and Explosives Office. Directors Gil Meneses and Napoleon Estilles, Chief Supts. Raul Petrasanta, Tomas Rentoy II and Regino Catiis, Sr. Supts. Eduardo Acierto and Allan Parreno, Supt. Nelson Bautista, Chief Insps. Ricky Sumalde, Ricardo Zapata Jr. and Rodrigo Benedicto Sarmiento, SPO1s Eric Tan and Randy De Sesto – and three non-uniformed personnel will be facing 19 counts of falsification of documents, 23 counts of violating “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act” and “Private Security Agency Law”.

Administrative complaints include grave misconduct and serious dishonesty. Included in the criminal complaints are owner of Caraga Security Agency and representatives from gun supplier Twin Pines Inc.

Amid irregularities in processing of applications and using of falsified documents, licenses were approved by PNP-FEO officials and personnel for the security agency.

Criminal Investigation and Detection Group later validated that firearms matching the serial numbers of the licensed AK47s issued to the security agencies and mining company were used by NPAs fighting government forces in the Caraga and Western Mindanao regions.