Comelec gun ban nets 3 in Bulacan

CAMP GEN ALEJO SANTOS, Bulacan — Police manning Commission on Elections checkpoints has began the implementation of gun ban in the province’s 21 towns and 3 cities and arrested three violators in the City of Malolos and the town of Baliwag since Sunday midnight.

Bulacan police director identified the arrested violators as Edwin Pica Y Piel, 36 years old, live-in, technician; and Danilo Alcoriza Y Dela Cruz, 22 years old, single, construction worker, both are residents of Mother Rita, Homes Look 1st, Malolos Bulacan. The suspects were arrested for Robbery (Snatching), Physical Injury and Violation of Omnibus Election Code (Gun Ban).

In Baliwag, a certain Rosauro Yambao y Miranda, 59 years old, married, resident of No. 165, Brgy Tilapayong, Baliwag, Bulacan, was also arrested for Alarm and Scandal and Violation of Republic Act 10591 and Violation of Omnibus Election Code (Gun Ban).

Recovered from the three were: one Armscor 40 cal with serial number 1062637 with one magazine with 11 ammunitions; one Armscor 1911 caliber .45 pistol with serial number P1192297, three magazine and 23 pieces live ammunitions and four pieces of fired cartridge cases of caliber .45 pistol.

The suspects are presently held in City of Malolos and Baliwag Police Station custodial facility while appropriate criminal complaints are being prepared against them before the Prosecutors Office, City of Malolos, Bulacan.

Caramat said that during the gun ban, the permit to carry firearms of a private individual is temporarily cancelled while law enforcers are only allowed to carry their firearms while on duty.

Caramat also reminded motorists that police officers are only allowed to inspect in plain view in which they are not allowed to touch anything inside the vehicle and driver/passenger are also not suppose to alight from their vehicles.

He also said that police checkpoints will be established in coordination with the election officers having jurisdiction over different cities/municipalities of Bulacan. Gun ban will last until October 30, 2017. —EMIL G. GAMOS

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