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Gunban implementation in Antique nets 4 firearms, 5 arrested

San Jose, Antique (7 May) -- Implementation of Comelec Resolution 8714 otherwise known as Gun Ban of the Antique Police Provincial Office (APPO) resulted to the confiscation of four (4) firearms and the arrest of five (5) individuals mid-afternoon of May 4, 2010.

Initial reports claimed that at about 3:45 in the afternoon of the said date, a team from Antique Provincial Public Safety Management Company (APPSMC) led by PI Ciriaco E Esquilarga in coordination with the Laua-an Police Station and Bugasong Police Station responded to a text report of a concerned citizen on the presence of suspicious armed men clad in military uniform on board of a pick-up vehicle at Brgy Leon, a hinterland barangay of the municipality of Laua-an.

It was learned that the municipality of Laua-an is one of the Comelec Election Watchlist Areas (EWAS).

Pssupt Ruperto T Floro, Jr, APPO Provincial Director revealed that after learning of the report the team immediately responded to the area and saw in plain view the butt of a long firearm protruding from a sack inside the Nissan Pick-up Colored Red with Plate Number SGF-667 (red plate) which prompted the policemen to search the vehicle that resulted to the recovery of assorted high powered firearms, magazines and live ammunitions specified as follows: 1 Caliber 5.56 M16 Armalite Rifle Elisco with SN-RP183854, 1 Caliber 30 Winchester/Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) with SN-117, 1 Caliber 223 Rugger Mini-14 with SN 183-98535, 1 homemade Caliber.38 revolver without serial number, 4 long magazines of M16 Armalite Rifle, 6 magazines of Caliber 30 (Winchester/Browning), 1 magazine of Caliber 223 Mini-14, 154 live ammunitions of M16 Armalite Rifle, 129 live ammunitions of Caliber 30, 5 live ammunitions of Caliber 38 Revolver, 1 bladed knife 16 inches long, 1 military backpack, 1 bandolier for M16, 2 hammocks and 1 sack.

The five individuals who were placed under arrest were identified as: the driver of the vehicle, Ricaredo M. Sarona, 55 yrs old, married, a resident of Brgy Intao, Lauan and a casual employess of Liga ng Barangay of the municipality of Laua-an and the passengers were: Robert P Rubido, 24 yrs old and a resident of Brgy Esparar, Barbaza, Antique, Renato E Tacuyan, 47 years old, married and resident of Dumarao, Capiz, Eduardo A Caņete, 42 years old, married, a CAFGU Auxiliary with Reservist Serial Number CZ-A050754 of 14th Capiz CAA, 12 IB CAFGU BN and a resident of Leon, Iloilo and Jay D Rubido, 33 yrs old, married and a resident of Poblacion, Laua-an, Antique.

The recovered firearms and suspects are initially held at the custody of the Laua-an Police Station and a case on violation of Comelec Resolution 8714 will be filed against the suspects.

Pssupt Floro lauded the vigilance of the citizenry in helping the police force to curb lawlessness during election period. "Community partnership is indeed essential for achieving an honest, orderly and peaceful elections" he stressed. He also commended the cops for a job well done. (PNP/PIA) [top]

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