CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- An architect in this city was arrested Tuesday morning after his house yielded several grenades and firearms.
Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 10 assistant head Supt. Melgar Devaras identified the suspect as 43-year-old Rey Galua, an architect, married and a resident in Golf Estate, Pueblo de Oro, barangay Carmen, this city.
Devaras said a joint team from his office, Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC), Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) Stations 4, 7 and 8, Highway Patrol Group and Intelligence Division of the Police Regional Office 10 raided at 9:00 in the morning yesterday based on a search warrant issued by the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 43 in Gingoog City.
During the raid, police officers were able to seize an M61 grenade, an apple-type hand grenade, a .38 revolver with five live bullets, a Glock 9mm with ten live bullets plus another magazine with ten live bullets inside, a .45 caliber pistol with seven live bullets, two magazines for M16 rifle with 20 live bullets and a Colt .45 pistol with seven live bullets plus another magazine containing six live bullets.
Galua, who did not resist arrest, is momentarily detained at the CIDG 10 quarters while police officers are preparing to file complaints for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition against him.
Galua used to be an instructor at the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) but is now contracting with the institution reportedly one of his clients.
As of presstime, authorities are still mum on whether Galua is the same person of interest in the murder of USTP president Ricardo Rotoras a month ago.
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