PNP arrests 12 people for violation of total gun ban

January 11, 2010 1:15 am 

MANILA, Jan. 10 — Twelve persons, including three police officers, a lawyer, a Navy enlisted man and four civilians were among the first arrested violators of the Commission on Elections (Comelec)-imposed nationwide gunban that takes effect Sunday.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has deployed 50,000 personnel to man some 3,500 mobile checkpoints put-up by the PNP-Armed Forces of the Philippines Joint Security Control Centers supervised by local Comelec officers.

Comelec Resolution No. 8714 prohibits the carrying and transport of firearms, explosives and deadly weapons during the 150-day election period from Jan. 10, 2010 to June 9, 2010.

Reports reaching the PNP National Operations Center in Camp Crame disclosed that PO1 Dennis Quinto of the Regional Mobile Group of NCRPO was arrested some 30 minutes after the opening hours of Sunday at a Comelec checkpoint along A. Bonifacio Ave, Brgy. Pag-ibig Sa Nayon, Quezon City.

Arresting officers from QCPD POlice Station 1 said Quinto was in civilian attire and riding a motorcycle when stopped at the checkpoint.

Found tucked under Quintos' waistband was a cal .45 Armscor pistol. He failed to produce documents authorizing him to carry the weapon.

Hours later at 2:45 a.m., in another Comelec checkpoint at the corner of Congressional and Mmindanao Avenues, police arrested Rhogel Gutierez y Macabenta on board a motorcycle, for possession of a cal .45 pistol.

Elsewhere in Metro Manila, the Police Districts of NCRPO reported the arrest of gunban violators in separate Comelec checkpoints.

In the CAMANAVA (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela) area, the Northern Police District reported the arrest of Eman B. Perez for possession of a cal .45 Armscor pistol and Leopold Z Francisco who yielded a .9mm Beretta pistol.

In the city of Manila, the Manila Police District arrested Atty Tecson John Lim y So for possession of a Glock cal .40 and a Sigsauer 9mm pistol.

The Southern Police District reported the arrest of SPO1 William Ronquillo with a 9mm Glock pistol; PO1 Aldrin Almanzar with a cal .45 Norinco pistol; Navy S1BM Michael Bashan with a 9mm Norinco pistol and Juan Carlos Maglaque who was in possession of an Auto electric airsoft AK 47 replica rifle.

In Pasig City, police arrested Tristam de Castro and Junas Eslao at the Ortigas Center for possession of banned airsoft and replica pistols.

At 12:18 a.m. in General Santos City, police arrested Rex Adulacion Baldelovar at a checkpoint for possesion of a cal .45 pistol.

PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina said those arrested will face criminal charges for violation of the Omnibus Election Code.

For illegal possession of firearms, the Section 264 of the Omnibus Election Code imposes a penalty of one to six years imprisonment without probation, disqualification from holding public office or right to suffrage, for foreigners, face deportation when found guilty of the offense charged.

Under Comelec Resolution No. 8714, only bonafide members of PNP, AFP and law enforcement agencies in proper uniform and while in actual performance of official duty are authorized to bear firearms during the election period. (PNA) <pr>LDV/MM


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