THREE persons including a purported media practitioner were arrested by the Mimaropa police for violation of the gun ban and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition on Wednesday and Thursday, Police Regional Office 4-B director, Brigadier General Tomas C. Apolinario Jr. announced yesterday.
One of the suspects identified as 28-year old Jennifer Maguilan, said to be a ‘media practitioner’ from a group called Private Media Manila Hotline and residing in Chateau Ely See in Don Bosco, Parañaque City was arrested after she was found carrying an unlicensed caliber .22 Beretta pistol with a magazine containing eight live ammunition at the Coron Port in Bgy. Tagumpay, Coron, Palawan around 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
Apolinario said that Maguilan was about to leave Coron for Manila on board the passenger ship M/V June when officers manning the Coron Port X-ray machine found the weapon in her bag.
The woman is now being held at the Coron Municipal Police Station.
The 2nd suspect identified as Reymund Junio, a 25-year old farmer residing in Sitio Kabiagan in Bgy. New Poypoy, Calintaan, Occidental Mindoro was arrested for illegal possession of two guns and a bladed weapon about at 1:30 p.m. Thursday
Apolinario said that the suspect’s arrest came shortly after the mother of an overseas Filipino worker identified as Leslie de Pedro,28, sought the assistance of the Calintaan Municipal Police Station in pacifying the suspect who was creating trouble in their house in Sitio Madayangdang.
An investigation showed that the suspect went to the residence of the de Pedros and started harassing the OFW while a gun was tucked in his waistline.
Local policemen who went to the site arrested the suspect who yielded a cal. .38 revolver with one bullet, one bladed weapon and a home-made 12-gauge shotgun with two live ammunition and a spent cartridge.
The suspect was locked up at the Calintaan police jail.
Apolinario said that last Wednesday, his men also arrested Ariel Carbonel,41, a resident of Bgy. Sampaguita in Victoria, Oriental Mindoro for illegal possession of a loaded cal. .45 pistol inside a local videoke bar.
It turned out that the owner of the Rose Videoke Bar called the Victoria Municipal Police Station to complain about the presence of a man with a gun in their establishment.
Officers who conducted an Oplan: Bakal in the videoke bar located in Bgy. San Isidro found the suspect with a bag containing a cal. .45 Armscor semi-automatic pistol with a magazine containing seven bullets.
The suspect was promptly hauled to the Victoria police detention facility
Apolinario said that charges for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 and the Omnibus Election Code will be filed against the three suspects.