PNP Samar apprehends
Gandara mayor by virtue of warrant of arrest issued by Allen RTC
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The Samar Provincial Police under the leadership of PSSupt. Pancho
Adelberto Hubilla, arrested at about 3:30 o’clock in the afternoon of
August 18, Gandara Mayor Antonieto Cabueños in a checkpoint infront of
the Sta. Margarita Police Station at Barangay Cautod, Sta. Margarita,
Samar, a report coming from the Police Regional Office 8 said.
He was apprehended by
the elements of Sta. Margarita Police under PSInsp Angelo Pueblos, by
virtue of a warrant of arrest issued by the Regional Trial Court Judge
Manuel F. Torrevillas of Regional Trial Court Branch 23, Allen,
Northern Samar, for criminal case number A-2564 in violation of the
Omnibus Election Code.
Last February 2, 2010
at around 2:45 in the afternoon, Mayor
Cabueños was arrested by the Police
at the checkpoint in Lavesarez, Northern with three unauthorized armed
escorts identified as PO3 Jonathan Rama, PO3 Edgar Delector and PO2
Perfecto Merilles of Gandara Police Station who are now under the
custody of the Police Regional Office 8.
Section 32 of Republic
Act No. 7166 provides that “during the election period, no person
shall bear, carry or transport firearms or other deadly weapons in
public places, including any building, street, park, private vehicle
or public conveyance, even if licensed to possess or carry the same,
unless authorized in writing by the Commission. The issuance of
firearms licenses shall be suspended during the election period.
“Only regular members
of the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines
and other law enforcement agencies of the Government who are duly
deputized in writing by the Commission for election duty may be
authorized to carry and possess firearms during the election period:
Provided, That, when in the possession of firearms, the deputized law
enforcement officer must be: (a) in full uniform showing clearly and
legibly his name, rank and serial number, which shall remain visible
at all times, and (b) in the actual performance of his election duty
in the specific area designated by the Commission.”
Comelec Resolution No.
8714 provides the rules and regulations on the bearing, carrying or
transporting of firearms or other deadly weapons; and employment,
availment or engagement of the services of security personnel or body
guards during the election period for the May 10, 2010 National or
Mayor Cabueños has
been released on orders of Judge Reynaldo Clemens of the Regional
Trial Court Branch 31 of Calbayog City, at around 8:30 in the evening
of August 18, after posting bail in the amount of P80,000.