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PNP checks Fil-Am brothers’ links in PH

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Two of three Maralit brothers pose with their high-powered firearms in these photos, copies of which were forwarded to the Inquirer from the US Attorney’s Office that have them and other pictures as evidence. Rex and Wilfredo Maralit who work for the New York Police Department and Customs Border Protection respectively were arrested separately in the US and charged with smuggling weapons to the Philippines. A third brother, Ariel, is in Manila and at large. PHOTOS FROM US ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police (PNP) has started looking for documents to check if the three Filipino-American brothers who were charged by the US government with gunrunning had businesses in the Philippines.

Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta, PNP Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) chief, on Sunday said he had ordered his men to check if Ariel, Rex and Wilfredo Maralit were incorporators of companies engaged in firearms trading in the country.

Rex and Wilfredo, both members of law enforcement agencies in the United States, were arrested separately by American authorities last week.

Ariel, on the other hand, is believed to be in the Philippines and is now the subject of a joint manhunt by US and Philippine authorities.

The three have been charged with conspiracy to violate the US Arms Export Control Act and unlicensed firearms dealing.

 

No records

Since he was appointed head of the PNP unit tasked with issuing permits to firearms dealers and owners in 2012, Petrasanta said he had yet to hear the names of the Maralit brothers in connection with gun trading.

“I have not encountered them or heard their names,” Petrasanta told the Inquirer in a phone interview.

“But I have directed [my subordinates] to check closely if there are companies [engaged in gun trading] which listed them as incorporators. We’re checking if they have legitimate businesses here,” he said.

Since they were accused of smuggling firearms from the United States to the Philippines, Petrasanta said the PNP-FEO would have no records of the Maralit brothers bringing in guns and ammunition to the country.

 

Unknown ports

Petrasanta said his office could not also determine through which ports the firearms were illegally shipped as the Bureau of Customs had not discovered the contraband.

In its complaint, the US Attorney’s Office said the Maralit brothers smuggled high-powered assault rifles, sniper rifles, handguns and firearm accessories from the United States to the Philippines between January 2009 and March this year.

US authorities said Ariel was assigned to look for buyers in the Philippines while his two older brothers “used their law enforcement credentials” to source the firearms after looking for gun dealers and suppliers on the Internet.

They said the Maralit brothers shipped the disassembled firearms to the Philippines as packages labeled “televisions” and “industrial sliding door tracks.”


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  • Randy Cadman

    PINOY PRIDE!!

  • TAMBULI

    I think this two brothers are victim of envies among his kababayans. How can you prove they are shipping high powered assualt weapon if they cannot produce valid evidence like shipment packing list that contains guns.Most of shipping cargo lines now have X-ray equipment to detect explosives,firearms. PNP-FEU and Customs have no record that they encountered illegal shipment. If i were the Maralit brothers better hire a good lawyer. The problem here if those firearms is not in their possession anymore that means it still a red flag.

    • Handiong

      Most probably, the disassembled guns were shipped through “balikbayan” boxes. They were declared in the packing list as “televisions and industrial sliding door tracks”. The BOC is quite lenient on “balikbayan” boxes.

    • walaywalay

      they where taped buying they also left a paper trail a mile long since they bought the weapons from licensed dealers they also have 4 yrs of cell phone records and wire taps on conversations and irregardless of what business they may or may not have here they do not have a US export license the best any attorney can do is turn the brothers against each other in order to try and cut a deal but the US wants the names of the BUYERS that is what worries the corrupt PNP

      • TAMBULI

        They are now “dead meat”. To much greed will bring you to hell. Balik ang Maralit brothers sa pgka maralita.hehehehhe.Ika nag eh ” nasa kama na bumalik pa sa sahig.

  • joboni96

    astig na pilipino

    pnp collaborator naman
    hayaan niyo ang imperyalistang maghanap



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