Cops seek court order to open locked vehicle believed loaded with firearms

April 18, 2010 11:38 am 

TAYUG, Pangasinan, April 18 — The police will seek a court order on Monday that would allow them to open a black Chevrolet believed loaded with firearms that was abandoned by unidentified persons in Barangay Sto. Domingo here Saturday night.

Elements of the 107th Police Mobile Group headed by Superintendent Ronald Gayo seized the vehicle said to be owned by Janet Zaragoza, a candidate for vice mayor of Tayug under the Liberal Party after it was reported being used by armed men allegedly harassing residents in the area.

Zaragoza’s campaign materials were pasted in the black Chevrolet with Plate No. XRG-637 which is yet to be opened as its occupants scampered away upon the arrival of policemen at past 8:30 p.m.

Supt. Gayo said the car had to be towed to the Tayug police station by a towing truck at 4:00 a.m. today as they plan to force it open on Monday if they can secure a court order.

It was learned that Zaragoza, who lives just a few meters away from the police station, already appeared before the police Wednesday and admitted owning the vehicle but said the same could not be opened because the key was lost.

Zaragoza did not name the driver of the Chevrolet but the police suspect the driver could be one Benjo Bautista, one of Janet’s bodyguard.

Elements of the 107th Police Mobile Group said when they looked at the backseat of the Chevrolet with the aid of a flashlight through the car's window, they saw three handguns placed in their respective holsters.

They believed the back compartment of the vehicle would yield more firearms.

Chief Inspector Ferdinand De Asis, chief of Police of Tayug, said they will wait for a court order before they will force the vehicle open so they won’t incur any legal lapses.

Zaragoza, who was a deposed vice mayor of Tayug after losing an election protest filed against her, is the running mate of Vicente Abobo, the LP mayoralty candidate of Tayug. (PNA)



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