PRO8 arrests 4 gun
ban violators, confiscates 10 firearms
By RPCRD, Police Regional
January 23, 2013
CAMP SEC. RUPERTO K.
KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – The Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) announced
that four persons have been arrested for violating the election gun
ban 10 days since its implementation on Sunday, January 13.
PRO8 Regional Director
Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria informed that two of
the violators were arrested in checkpoint operations in Samar while
one was arrested as a result of implementation of search warrant.
Another violator was a suspect in a murder incident wherein 2 firearms
were confiscated after a lawful arrest.
Soria added that since the
start of the gun ban, they have confiscated 10 assorted firearms while
11 other firearms were deposited by their owners in various police
stations regionwide pending the processing for renewal of their
“We are appealing for the
support and cooperation of the public. The strict implementation of
the gun ban as shown by our intensified checkpoint operations and
implementation of search warrants forms part of our commitment in
securing a secure and fair midterm elections,” Soria said.
In Samar, two men were
separately arrested in checkpoint operations for violating the gun ban
in Sta. Rita and Calbayog City.
Soria identified the
violators as Enrico Espino y Cajepe, 55, farmer, who was arrested in
the morning of January 17 in a checkpoint established by the police
along the national highway in Brgy. Tominamos, Sta. Rita, Samar while
carrying a caliber .22 air rifle bearing serial number 98221 with 18
The other suspect,
identified as Bonifacio Dalion y Rosana, 41, businessman, was arrested
last January 16 in a checkpoint at Brgy Migara, Calbayog City by a
police team led by Police Superintendent Elmer B. Cinco, Chief of
Police. Dalion was in possession of one unit caliber .45 Colt pistol
with serial number 374821 and 3 magazines loaded with 7 ammunitions
Also, in Calbayog City,
implementation of a search warrant issued by Executive Judge Cresente
Maraya of Regional Trial Court Branch 11 in Calubian, Leyte last
January 17 at the house of Mark Anthony Giray y Atiga, 31, Barangay
Kagawad of Brgy Malaga, Tinambacan District, resulted in the
confiscation of 3 caliber .45 pistols marked Armscor, Itchaca and Colt
MK IV and a Armscor model 30 shotgun, including several magazines,
ammunitions and gun paraphernalia.
Meanwhile, in Brgy. Naga,
Oras, Eastern Samar last January 20, an implementation of search
warrant issued by Judge Juliana White of Regional Trial Court Branch 5
in Oras, Eastern Samar at the residence of Roger Moscare, 32, and
Ronald Lumuntad, 30, both laborers resulted in the confiscation of
homemade PVC cannon locally known as “boga”. However, the subjects
were not around during the search.
In Ormoc City, murder
suspect Allan Diendo y Oleverio, 34, farmer was arrested by the police
last January 19 in a pursuit operation after he shot and killed one
Ricky Caleza y Santianes, 22, laborer at Brgy. Nasunugan. The police
confiscated from the suspect a Brandmaster caliber .45 caliber pistol
with serial number 473126 and a .22 caliber revolver with 6 bullets
and one heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing white
crystalline substance suspected to be “shabu.”
On January 21, personnel
from San Juanico Bridge Leyte Side Detachment of the 8th Regional
Public Safety Battalion responded to a call for police assistance at
Brgy Tinaogan, Basey, Samar wherein upon arriving at the scene, Brgy
Chairman Mariano Lar turned-over one .38 caliber revolver marked
Squires Bingham with serial number 955307 with no ammunition allegedly
confiscated from a certain Jhun Calina, also from said place. Calinao
is now the subject of manhunt operations by the PNP.
Soria added that cases for
violations of RA 8294 in relation to Comelec Resolution 9561-A were
filed by the police against the suspects apart from the charges for
the other crimes they committed.