A POLICE-ISSUED firearm was confiscated from a civilian during a checkpoint in Barangay Ermita last Wednesday night.
A caliber 45 pistol, owned by a police personnel from the Bohol Provincial Police Office, was found from the possession of motorist Ralph Ian Lerio, 27.
Lerio was driving his motorcycle, when he was flagged down in a checkpoint on Borromeo St.
Lerio was able to present a license for the firearm but police learned that it was registered by the name of Junith Barotil, who is in Bohol's police roster.
Carbon Police Chief Noel Lomente said they will coordinate with the Bohol Police regarding Barotil’s status and rank.
Lerio, whose father is an owner of a lodging house on Leon Kilat St., told the police that the gun was reportedly pawned by Barotil after he failed to pay the lodge’s bill.
Lerio was on his way home past 10 p.m. when he was stopped at a checkpoint.
Lomente said the firearm was reportedly pawned for P1,700.
Lerio showed the firearm license and registration card and Barotil’s name was indicated as the owner, with residence at Barangay Pokpok Sur, Loon Bohol.
Lomente said that even if the gun has license, Barotil is still liable for pawning it.
The Carbon Police chief said Lerio may be facing charges depending on the result of the investigation.