The Philippine National Police (PNP) seized a cache of 84 loose firearms from the residence of JIANG ZHANG XIADONG a.k.a. “Liu Ming Chung” in Makati City on Monday.
The operation was carried out by the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Makati Police, and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) during the implementation of a search warrant in the evening of March 20, 2023.
CIDG Director PBGen Romeo M Caramat Jr. reported that despite not finding the subject of the search warrant, they were able to seize a total of 84 rifles, submachine guns, pistols, revolvers, and other firearm accessories.
XIADONG is a known member of a Taiwanese syndicate engaged in illegal narcotics production, telecom fraud operations, and other illegal activities in the Philippines.
This is not the first operation conducted by the CIDG in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies against the said syndicate. On March 1, 2023, a joint operation was conducted by CIDG, PNP Makati, Bureau of Immigration (BI), PDEA, and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, resulting in the arrest of three Taiwanese nationals, namely WU JHENG LONG a.k.a “Wu Chang Long”, CHEN CHIEN-NING a.k.a “Chang Yung-Han/Chang Yung”, and YANG ZONG BAO. During the operation, authorities also found one Chen Chun-Yu in possession of four (4) 9MM pistols of different make, one (1) FIVE SEVEN CAL.5.7X28 FNH USA FREDERICKBURG VA, and 49 rounds of assorted ammunition, all with defaced serial numbers.
“Ang mga pugante na Taiwanese ay itinuturing na undocumented aliens at illegal entrants sa Pilipinas. Ang organisadong grupo ng krimen na ito ay isang panganib sa seguridad at banta sa kaligtasan ng publiko. The CIDG is committed to suppressing the sale and purchase of illegal or unlicensed firearms to protect our communities,” Director Caramat added.
In a statement, PNP Chief General Rodolfo S Azurin, Jr. praised the CIDG for their continuous efforts in cracking down on illegal firearms.
“We commend the CIDG, Makati Police, and PDEA for their successful operation and the confiscation of this large number of firearms. The seizure of these loose guns prevented their potential use in criminal activities, and we will continue to support the efforts of the CIDG to eradicate the illegal firearms trade. We assure the public that we will remain relentless in our pursuit of law and order in our communities,” he said.