MAGUINDANAO (February 15, 2019) — The combined Armed Forces of the Philippines and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) seized Friday a dozen firearms from a gunsmith allegedly linked to the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).
Abusama Abpun did not resist when combined personnel of the Army’s 33rd Infantry Battalion and the CIDG arrived in his shop in Buluan, Maguindanao to arrest him.
Abpun reportedly repaired firearms of members of the BIFF and even assembled for them grenade launchers using materials obtainable from local hardware outlets.
The BIFF operates in the fashion of the Islamic State.
The operation that led to Abpun’s arrest was premised on tips from local officials and members of the Buluan municipal peace and order council.
Among the firearms found in his shop were three M4 Carbine rifles, a vintage .30 caliber M1 Carbine and six home-made 9 millimeter machine pistols.
Superintendent James Gulmatico of the CIDG-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao said Abpun, who is now in their custody, shall be prosecuted for illegal possession of firearms.
The CIDG-ARMM and the 33rd IB have arrested no fewer than a dozen BIFF members in a series of joint operations in Maguindanao province in the past six months.