4 charged for gun, grenade possession

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Friday, March 21, 2014


THE police have filed a case for illegal possession of firearms, ammunition and explosives against four people who were recently arrested in Zamboanga del Sur.

Charged with violation of Republic Act 10591 before the Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Pagadian City were Jeffrey Autor, Ramon Reyes, Rolando Sta. Ana, and James Baterna.

Zamboanga Peninsula police information officer Ariel Huesca said the accused were arrested by combined police and Army personnel last Sunday afternoon along the national highway at Purok 1 in Barangay Tigbao, Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur.

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Huesca said the troops were conducting a checkpoint when the suspects aboard a vehicle coming from Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay suddenly stopped at a distance.

He said that one of the accused, who turned out to be Baterna, alighted from the vehicle and ran to a hilly and grassy portion of the placed while carrying a sling bag.

He said the troops chased and managed to arrest Baterna, who was caught in possession of a caliber .45 pistol with nine ammunition and 11 ammunition for caliber .9-mm pistol.

He said a fragmentation grenade was also recovered from the other three suspects when they inspected the vehicle. The suspects were detained at the police headquarters in Zamboanga del Sur. (Bong Garcia)

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