Retired army official to face charges over traffic argument

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014


POLICE arrested last Sunday noon a retired Philippine Army officer who allegedly threatened a lawyer with a gun, which he was not permitted to carry outside his house.

Retired Col. Mauricio Alejandro Santiago, 68, will face charges of grave threat, coercion and violating the firearms law.

Santiago allegedly threatened lawyer Marven Pañares, 38, during an argument they had in Barangay Kasambagan, Cebu City.

SPO4 Roilito “Jack” Jacalan of the Mabolo Police said Santiago and Pañares were driving their cars on Gov. Cuenco Ave. toward Talamban.

Pañares was travelling ahead of Santiago.

Jacalan said that when Pañares made a right turn to enter Crossroads, Santiago honked continuously so the lawyer got out of his car and confronted the retired army official.

The two had argument and Santiago allegedly showed Pañares the gun that tucked in his waistband.

Jacalan said Pañares called the PNP Mobile Patrol Group while Santiago called the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom).

Santiago, who is now detained at the Mabolo Police Station, denied he threatened Pañares with a gun.

When PO3 Ricky Coca of the Cebu City Police Motorcycle Riding Unit arrived at the scene, the two men were still arguing.

Pañares alleged that Santiago demanded to see the registration of his car. He said that since his car is new, he only has the conduction permit.

When the police checked the documents pertaining to Santiago’s 9mm pistol, they found that it was licensed but the retired army official did not have a permit to carry it.

Coca said this is why they detained Santiago.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 04, 2014.

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