3 nabbed for gun ban violation-A A +A
Monday, September 30, 2013
THREE men were arrested by police in Cebu Province over the weekend for violating the election gun ban.
An ex-convict in Barangay Poblacion, San Fernando was the first one authorities arrested for allegedly carrying a bayonet.
Ernesto Cañedo, 49, was reported by his neighbor to the police on Saturday dawn after he allegedly threatened to kill Monico Montalban.
A team led by SPO1 Jose Repompo proceeded to Sitio Tapon and found Cañedo, who was drunk.
Another similar incident in Barangay Poblacion, Cordova also led to the arrest of Rodyard Tirol, 29.
Enrique Dacua, 54, went to the police station at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday to ask for assistance after Tirol allegedly poked a gun at him.
A team led by SPO2 Deogenes Carillo went to Cordova Public Market in Sitio Ubos, where they confiscated a .38 revolver with three live bullets from Tirol.
The policemen asked Tirol if he could present documents authorizing him to possess and carry the firearm, which the latter failed to do.
On Sunday, Romulo Torre, 24, was collared by police in Barangay Budbud, Barili, after he also allegedly threatened to kill his neighbor.
Joven Maquinto, 29, complained to the police that the suspect, who was drunk at that time, went to his house and ordered him to go outside.
He then faced Torre, but the suspect shot him, prompting Maquinto and his live-in
partner to run away.
The police responded to the area and caught Torre with a .38 revolver with one live bullet. They also recovered two empty shells of a .38 revolver in the scene.
The 45-day gun ban took effect last Saturday and will end on Nov. 12, 15 days after the Oct. 28 barangay polls.
With the gun ban, all permits to carry firearms outside residence that were issued by the Philippine National Police (PNP) to civilian gun owners are suspended.
Licensed gun holders are prohibited from bringing their firearms outside their homes.
Based on Comelec Resolution 9735, all gun ban exemptions issued in connection with the May 13 national and local elections shall be recognized as valid for purposes of the barangay elections.
The gun ban last May 13 led to the arrest of 79 people, including two policemen, in Cebu Province.
The Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) confiscated 96 firearms in 73 operations conducted during the election period.
About 37 of the guns were low-powered firearms, while 59 were high-powered firearms. Two hand grenades and two bladed weapons were also seized.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 30, 2013.