Cop hunted for pawning gun kept at police station

July 26, 2020

POLICE are still hunting down a cop who pawned his 'registered' firearm to a fellow cop and discovered the gun is one of the missing firearms deposited at the police station in Tanauan City, Batangas a report said the other day.

Tanauan City Police Station chief Lt. Col Victor M. Sobrepena identified the victim as PSSg John O. Patulot, while the suspect identified as Patrolman Mark Jay Salazar Lirio.

Patulot, Sobrepena said, was one of the authorities assigned at the Firearms Explosives Security Agencies and Guard Supervision (FESAGS), a division of the Philippine National Police of Tanauan CPS, discovered that the 44 units of surrendered firearms stored in a police station safety cabinet were missing.

Thus, said police station immediately conducted thorough internal investigation on this matter.

In the course of investigation, according to the local police chief, at 10:30 a.m., July 24, Patrolman Salazar pawned a cal. 9MM Tanfoglio pistol with serial no. AB15551 to PSSg Patulot in exchange for P10, 000.

Accordingly, Pat Lirio told PSSg Patulot that the said firearm was registered under his name and the deal is done, but when PSSg Patulot conducted a verification he discovered that the weapon was one of the missing firearms.