Leonardo E. Dionisio, head of the PNP Civil Security Group which has supervision over the PNP-FED, the police unit in charge of regulating the issuance of gun and explosives permits in the country. Dionisio said he has sent an investigator to Taiwan to look into the claim of a Taiwanese boat captain that the guns recently recovered from his ship came from the Philippines.He
, however, did not name those being investigated as well as their ranks.Dionisio
said the Taiwanese Coast Guard
discovered and seized the smuggled weapons shortly after the boat arrived in Taiwan.The boat captain and his
crew were ordered detained and investigated.
"The boat captain is saying that the 118 pieces of assorted handguns came from the Philippines but that is yet to be confirmed unless we can cross-match the serial numbers of the weapons with our existing records," Dionisio
said that even the Taiwanese authorities are unsure if the weapons really came from the Philippines."That is why we are helping in the investigation.We really want to establish if the weapons really came from our country," he
said they are trying to find out the routes taken by the Taiwanese vessel since there is always the possibility that the weapons could have come from another country and not the Philippines.
"What we want to establish here is whether there is truth to the Taiwanese
boat captain's claim that the guns came from the Philippines.And if that is true, who are the sources of these weapons," Dionisio