Hired gun, 2 others held

CABANATUAN CITY -- A suspected member of a gun-for-hire group and a 46-year-old man were arrested after yielding unlicensed pistols during separate sting operations while another man was collared for assaulting a barangay kagawad with a samurai and his airgun in separate instances in Nueva Ecija on Thursday.

Police Col. Leon Victor Z. Rosete, provincial police chief, identified the arrested alleged gun-for-hire member as Noverino Lugtu, 59, single, a watchman at the MSC Clothing, of Purok 4, Bgy. Natividad South, Cabiao.

Rosete tagged him as an alleged member of the Aguinaldo gun-for-hire group operating in the province and nearby areas.

He was nabbed by local operatives and members of the Regional Mobile Force Company after a cal.9mm pistol with six bullets and some 100 spent bullet casings were seized from his house at 7:30 a.m.

The operation was launched based on a search warrant issued by a local court for violation of Republic Act 10591, said Rosete.

In Sto. Domingo, police nabbed Eddie Grave, 46, of Purok 3, Bgy. San Agustin when operatives led by Major Abraham Atencio, town police head, searched his premises and found a cal. 45 pistol loaded with seven bullets.

The search operation conducted at 6:30 a.m. was implemented on the strength of a warrant issued by the Baloc, Sto. Domingo regional trial court branch 89.

In Cuyapo, arrested was Domingo Dayag, of Bgy. Villa Flores.

His alleged crime involved assaulting barangay kagawad Benito Ferrer, 45, with an airgun and a samurai.

Rosete said the suspect allegedly fired twice his airgun and tried to kill him with a samurai.