Security had lapses

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Sunday, July 27, 2014


LAPSES were committed by security guards in Thursday’s fatal shooting by a patient of his doctor inside a private hospital in Cebu City, a top police official said.

Supt. Marvin Sanchez, head of the Firearms, Explosives, Security Agencies and Guards Supervision (Fessags) 7, said the security guards of Sacred Heart Hospital failed to inspect Wilfredo Sabonsolin, 72, who was armed with a .380 pistol.

Sabonsolin shot and killed Dr. Cris Cecil Chan Abbu, 56, an orthopedic surgeon.

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“They should have checked every individual regardless of condition. They should never underestimate,” Sanchez said.

An investigation is underway for Royal Paratroopers Investigation And Security Agency, based in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, to determine their liability in the incident.

Fessags 7 is now only waiting for the agency to submit an investigation report before the inquiry to start.

If the security guards will be held liable, they could face suspension for 30 days and payment of P500. The agency’s license, meanwhile, may be revoked.

Caution

In light of the incident, Sanchez urged the public to be patient when inspected by security guards in entering any establishments.

“It’s only for our own protection so we should submit during a checkup,” he said.

During the interview, Sanchez revealed the firearm of Sabonsolin is licensed, but the former seaman doesn’t have a certificate of permit to carry.

The gun was registered last Dec. 2, 2013 and will expire on Nov. 6, 2015. Its serial number is 976730.

This is the only firearm that Sabonsolin owned, according to the records of Fessags 7 information and management system.

The police, Sanchez said, have also made the neuropsychological test stricter in compliance with Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.

Test

The test, one of the requirements before owning a firearm, will now be administered by Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Health Service offices.

“This is part of the evaluation process of PNP to get rid sa mga naay problema (those with problems),” he said.

As of yesterday, the wake of Abbu is still being held in St. Peter’s Funeral Homes on New Imus Road. A staffer of the funeral parlor told Sun.Star Cebu that there is still no schedule of Abbu’s interment.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 28, 2014.

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