Farmer nabbed for gun ban violation-A A +A
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
THE first violator of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban in Bacolod City was nabbed by a security guard at the entrance of the Hall of Justice, Cottage Road, Barangay 9, Bacolod City Tuesday morning.
Reich Tubay Sr., 40, farmer, and a resident of Sitio Kabiguhan, Barangay Lopez Jaena, Sagay City, Negros Occidental was nabbed by security guard Richard Transmonte, of the Eagle Matrix Agency at about 10:55 a.m. Tuesday, Police Station 2 chief Jovil Sedel said.
Investigation showed that while Transmonte was performing his duty at the entrance of Hall of Justice, he tried to check the backpack of Tubay, who was about to enter the building.
When Tubay opened his bag, Transmonte saw a black box and when he asked about the item, Tubay said it was a tool box, he said.
But Transmonte insisted to open the box and Tubay whispered to him that it was a firearm, Sedel added.
The security guard immediately held the suspect and asked him if he’s a member of the Philippine National Police or Armed Forces of the Philippines but he refused to answer.
He also failed to present pertinent documents to carry the firearm, Sedel said.
Transmonte immediately called the assistance of Police Station 2 to detain the suspect.
Police recovered one .45 caliber Armscor, one magazine loaded with 10 pieces of live ammunition of .45 caliber, IDs, and some documents.
During the interrogation, Tubay said that he didn’t know that his brother put the firearm inside his bag, and he went to the Hall of Justice to have a certified true copy of his land title at the Register of Deeds office, Sedel said.
Charges for violation of Republic Act 8294, or illegal possession of firearms and violation of the Comelec gun ban were already filed before the City Prosecutor’s Office Tuesday, Sedel said.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 02, 2013.