ONLY illegal possession of firearms charges were filed before the Davao City Prosecutor’s Office on Monday against the suspect accused as the triggerman in the murder of Cebuano businessman Richard Lim King.

Facing charges for violation of the Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition is Paul Dave Molina Labang, 24, and a resident of Daliao, Toril. He was charged after getting arrested by operatives of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO).

Arresting officers Senior Police Officer 1 (SPO1) Richard Dionisio and PO2 Welquin Enciso, in their joint affidavit, said their office received a phone call from a concerned citizen around 9 a.m. Sunday informing them that the suspect was seen in what seemed to be a firearm bulging out of his waist along the road fronting the Laud Firing Range in Ma-a.

Police then responded at the scene and spotted Labang but the latter tried to pull out his firearm. Fortunately, police were able to subdue him before he could open fire.

Recovered from his possession was a .45 caliber ACP Series 80 Colt Mark IV pistol with serial number FN33020 with six live ammos. Cops also recovered a magazine with seven live ammos from Labang's bag.

He is currently detained at the DCPO detention facility while the case is being resolved by Prosecutor Panfilo Lovitos.

Lovitos told reporters Monday in an interview that he is poised to resolve the complaint within the week so that it could be raffled off to a branch of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Davao City.

He added that the City Prosecution Office has yet to receive a murder complaint against Labang.

Labang was tagged as the triggerman in the murder based on the confession of one of his cohorts identified as Rommel dela Cerna who turned himself in to the authorities on Sunday. Police also arrested Rommel's brother Rodel who was pointed out as the driver of their getaway vehicle.

(RSA)