Minor caught with gun in school-A A +A
Sunday, August 17, 2014
THE son of a retired army soldier was arrested for allegedly carrying a gun inside school premises in Barangay Sambag II, Cebu City last Friday night.
The 14-year-old boy allegedly yielded a .38 snub-nosed revolver after he was frisked by security guards of the Southwestern University’s Aznar Coliseum around 8:50 p.m.
Chief Insp. Wildemar Tiu, head of Police Station 2 of the Cebu City Police Office, said the boy wanted to get even at someone.
“Naa kuno siya’y pareglahan didto,” Tiu told Sun.Star Cebu.
Caught on camera
Aside from the gun, the security guards also found two live ammunitions and one empty shell loaded inside the cylinder.
The boy was turned over to police.
Tiu said the boy was also the suspect in a carnapping incident. He allegedly stole the motorcycle of Rogelio Capangpangan at the school’s parking lot last Aug. 8.
The act was reportedly caught by a closed-circuit television camera.
A police team led by SPO1 Achilles Sanchez conducted a follow-up operation after the boy’s arrest and located the carnapped vehicle in Barangay Ermita.
Tiu said the boy is temporarily in their custody and will be referred to the Department of Social Welfare and Services of the Cebu City Government.
The boy couldn’t be charged under Republic Act 9344, or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006.
Under the law, children 15 years below are exempt from criminal responsibility, while those that are 15 to 18 years old are free from criminal liability and subjected to an intervention program under the Department of Social Welfare and Development, unless there is proof the minor acted with discernment.
Tiu said there are many factors why minors engage in illegal activities.
Many of them come from broken families, they lack parental guidance or (they are) influenced by their peers, he said.
Tiu said the boy’s parents broke up and he is staying with his father. The boy is reportedly a grade five student. (DSM)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 17, 2014.