Loot’s body­guard nabbed with two guns

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - /CORRES PONDENT BEN­JIE TALISIC

PO­LICE op­er­a­tives ar­rested a se­cu­rity es­cort of Daan­ban­tayan Mayor Vi­cente Loot for al­leged pos­ses­sion of two un­li­censed guns.

In­spec­tor Jose Du­pay, a re­tired po­lice­man, re­port­edly had a gun tucked in his waist and was hold­ing an­other firearm while walk­ing along a street in Barangay Malin­gin, Daan­ban­tayan town, north Cebu past 2 a.m. on Tues­day

enior Insp. Adrian Nalua, chief of the Daan­ban­tayan po­lice, said a con­cerned cit­i­zen called him up and re­ported the mat­ter.

“I, to­gether with other po­lice­men, went to the area to val­i­date the re­port, and true enough, we found him (Du­pay) in pos­ses­sion of two guns. I asked him to pre­sent any proof that he was a li­censed gun holder, but he failed,” he said in an in­ter­view.

Seized from Du­pay were two .45 cal­iber pis­tols with six live bul­lets each.

Charges of il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearms are be­ing pre­pared by the po­lice against Du­pay who is cur­rently de­tained at the Daan­ban­tayan Po­lice Sta­tion stock­ade.

Senior Supt. Manuel Abru­gena, di­rec­tor of the Cebu Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Of­fice, said they will con­duct an in­ves­ti­ga­tion to find out whether or not one of the guns seized from Du­pay was the same firearm that ac­ci­den­tally hit Loot last May 30.

Loot, a re­tired gen­eral who was re­peat­edly im­pli­cated by Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte in the nar­cotics trade, just boarded a ve­hi­cle owned by Du­pay when he sat on a gun, which he said, ac­ci­den­tally went off.

Loot sus­tained a gun­shot wound on his left leg and was im­me­di­ately rushed to the hos­pi­tal for med­i­cal treat­ment.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have been look­ing for the gun since then.

Abru­gena has di­rected Nalua to sub­mit the two guns re­cov­ered from Du­pay to the Re­gional

Crime Lab­o­ra­tory for bal­lis­tic ex­am­i­na­tions.

Cebu Daily News tried but failed to reach Loot through the phone on Tues­day.

In an ear­lier in­ter­view, Loot said he had or­dered an­other se­cu­rity aide to sur­ren­der to the po­lice and to turn over the gun that ac­ci­den­tally went off im me- di­ately af­ter the in­ci­dent.

How­ever, no one went to the Daan­ban­tayan po­lice to turn over the gun.

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