Mindanao Times

Soldier, ex-Navy nabbed for guns


AN ACTIVE army trooper and a former naval soldier were arrested for gun charges in separate incidents over the weekend in the city.

Operatives of Talomo Police Station arrested Sgt. Stephene Balquedra, 32, a resident of Sarpa Village, Catalunan Grande, Talomo District who is an active member of the 6th Scout Ranger Company based in Sta Cruz, Davao del Sur, past midnight Saturday.

On Sunday, Buhangin Police Station officer arrested Cecilio Calunsag Maisog, 51, a retired Philippine Navy soldier, of Jade Valley, Barangay Tigatto, Buhangin District.

The DCPO said they seized a .45 caliber firearm, serial No. 002613AFP, with a magazine loaded with eight bullets from Balquedra, and another .45 caliber, serial no. 619582, and two magazines from Maisog.

In the case of Balquedra, the soldier and complainan­t, Loriel Mejias

Ycong, 41, of Sta. Martha, also from Barangay Catalunan Grande, were having a drinking session at a billiard hall situated in Sta. Martha in the Friday evening.

A heated altercatio­n ensued between the two at 11:45 p.m.

The soldier went home. Balquedra returned to the billiard hall and immediatel­y struck the head of the victim using the firearm. He subsequent­ly pointed the gun to the victim.

A witness immediatel­y called for police assistance. An officer assigned in a nearby post arrived and pacified the situation.

The suspect failed to present document to prove legality in possessing the gun.

Balquedra was temporaril­y withheld at Talomo Police Station.

1st Lt. Allan Wadsilang, the Civil Military Operation (CMO) officer of the 2nd Scout Ranger battalion (SRB), said the soldier had settled the case with the complainan­t. -0In the other case, complainan­t Elmer Yurag Apa, 58, a mason of Jade Valley was drinking with his relatives inside his house.

Maisog, allegedly already drunk, arrived and joined their group.

Several minutes later, Maisog, without any apparent reason, grabbed Apa’s left armed. He dragged the complainan­t outside the house.

The suspect then pulled a handgun from his waistline and pointed it to the victim.

Sensing danger, Apa pushed the suspect away and ran for his safety.

He then called Central 911.

Police officers arrived and later arrested the suspect at the nearby banana plantation.

The suspect is now withheld at Buhangin Police Station.

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