Gun ban case vs. PDEA exec junked

THE Mandaue City Prosecutor’s Office dismissed the complaints filed against a Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 7 official who brought a firearm inside the Mandaue City Central School (MCCS) on Election Day.

According to the resolution, issued last May 17 and signed by Associate City Prosecutor Aurora Ventura-Villamor, Carlito Ermac’s firearm was properly documented and that he was exempted from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban.

Police Supt. Jonathan Abella, deputy city director for administration of Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO), said they will file a motion for reconsideration based on the directive of Senior Supt. Jonathan Cabal, MCPO director.

The MCPO received the resolution last May 18.

Ermac was released from detention after the case was dismissed.

Last May 10, MCPO officials filed complaints for violations of the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act and of the Comelec gun ban against Ermac.

Ermac was arrested after showing his 9 mm pistol, loaded with 18 bullets and identified himself as a PDEA member when he entered MCCS to vote last May 9.

He was driving his car at that time when Jemar Pasco, the assisting guard, approached him to explain that only cars, carrying persons with disability and senior citizens onboard can get inside the school.

Pasco shared what he saw with his colleagues who reported the incident to the authorities who were assigned in the area.

“What we will put in the motion for reconsideration would be based on what is the rule of the Comelec. He entered the school with a firearm. Even us, policemen, we are not allowed to enter the polling center except when there is an authorization from the BEI (board of election inspectors),” Abella said.

SPO4 Natalio Mercader of the MCPO-Investigation and Detective Management Branch said “it was also directed by the Comelec officer” that a motion for reconsideration be filed.

Mercader said they have 10 days from receipt of the resolution to file the motion.

Ermac said he was not violent inside the school and that he was only there to vote.

According to the police report last May 9, Ermac presented an expired firearm license and an expired letter order issued by the authorized personnel of PDEA 7.

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