A 90-YEAR-OLD man was arrested and detained by the Davao City police after he was found carrying a loaded firearm while trying to enter the office of President Duterte’s former special assistant-turned senatorial candidate Lawrence Christopher ‘Bong’ T. Go late Monday afternoon, the Southern Mindanao police director said yesterday.
During questioning, the nonagenarian reportedly claimed he was out to kill President Duterte.
Although he was not in his office that time, Go also surmised that the old man had been planning to kill him too prompting a thorough background investigation of the suspect. The PRO11 and the Presidential Security Group are jointly investigating the incident.
The suspect identified as Bambaran Bantog, a resident of Tamparan, Lanao del Sur, was found in possession of a Browning caliber .45 pistol with a magazine containing seven rounds of live ammunition and another four .45 bullets when subjected to a routine inspection by a soldier guarding the entrance to the office of Go 5:45 P.m. Monday, said Police Regional Office 11 director, Chief Superintendent Marcelo L. Morales.
Morales said at Private Justine Ray Tayag of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division told police investigators the suspect went to the office of Sec. Go and sat at the waiting area. The soldier said he became suspicious when he noticed the old man wearing a camouflage backpack and a camouflage cap typical to those being worn by separatist rebels in Mindanao.
“The soldier searched the bag of the old man but found nothing so he asked the suspect to sit on a chair and offered him food,” the official said.
However, when the soldier saw the old man scratching his lower torso, he again asked the latter to raise his shirt. When the suspect followed the instruction, the soldier clearly saw the firearm inside the T-shirt which was concealed by a red sling bag.
Morales said that also recovered inside the old man’s bag were two knives and a pair of scissors neatly covered by the suspect’s shirts.
Morales said Tayag and his colleagues sought the assistance of the Sta. Ana Police Station in placing the suspect under arrest after he failed to present any gun papers.
He said the old man would be facing criminal charges for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013, illegal possession of deadly weapons and gun ban under the Omnibus Election Code.
It was the second gun-related case to take place in Go’s office. In August 2018, Go’s special assistant Leo Angelo Apara,38, reportedly shot himself in the head with a cal. .38 revolver inside Go’s office in Bgy. 20-B, Barrio Obrero, Davao City.
Apara died two days later in a local hospital.