Mechanic nabbed for illegal gun possession

January 14, 2019

POLICEMEN manning a checkpoint in Quezon City arrested a mechanic for violation of Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban, QC Police District director Chief Supt. Joselito Esquivel said yesterday.

Esquivel said Edgardo Aguilos, 37, of Tawid Sapa 2, in Bgy. Kaligayahan, Novaliches, yielded a .45 pistol loaded with six bullets. The suspect failed to produce a certificate of authority to carry or transport a firearm during election period.

Esquivel said that operatives of the Novaliches Police Station (PS 4) ordered Aguilos to pull over for not wearing a helmet Sunday in front of a gasoline station in Quirino Highway near the corner Forest Hills, in Bgy. Gulod.

Upon interrogation, the operatives noticed that Aguilos became uneasy. Further frisking resulted in the discovery of the firearm in a black holster placed in the helmet.

Police learned that Aguilos was jailed in January 2018 for physical injury. The suspect claimed that the gun was for his personal protection.

Esquivel said the suspect will be charged with violation of RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearm and Ammunition) in Relation to the Omnibus Election Code.

National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar yesterday said gun ban violators in Metro Manila would be facing a maximum of six years imprisonment once proven guilty.

Under the Omnibus Election Code, a guilty gun ban violator faces a prison term of not less than one year but not more than six years, all not subject to probation.

In addition, the guilty party shall be sentenced to suffer disqualification to hold public office and deprivation of the right of suffrage. If he is a foreigner, he shall be sentenced to deportation which shall be enforced after the prison term has been served.

In Fairview, police arrested operatives Jehu Tianco, 35, of Brgy. Greater Lagro, for carrying a 10-inch knife, a sachet of shabu, a tooter and a bullet for an unknown caliber.

Tianco was accosted for driving a motorcycle without plate number and without a driver’s license. Aside from his traffic violations, Tianco will also be charged with violation of RA 10591, and Batas Pambansa 6 (Illegal Possession of Deadly Weapon) in Relation to the Omnibus Election Code and RA 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).

Eleazar said all Permit to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence (PTCFOR) have been suspended until June 13 and only law enforcement officers in their prescribed uniform and in the actual performance of duty are allowed to carry their firearms in public. 

With Alfred Dalizon