CON­GRESS­MAN’S ‘AIDE’ AMONG FIRST VI­O­LA­TORS OF GUN BAN

Aside from firearms, two men also yielded packs of shabu when they were caught at a po­lice check­point hours after the elec­tion gun ban took ef­fect

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Three men, in­clud­ing an aide of a con­gress­man, were ar­rested just two hours after the elec­tion gun ban took ef­fect on Sun­day, Jan. 13.

A man who claimed to be work­ing as a se­cu­rity es­cort of Rep. Ben­hur Sal­im­ban­gon (Cebu, 4th) was ar­rested in Barangay Agujo, Daan­ban­tayan dur­ing a po­lice check­point at 12:30 a.m. on Sun­day dawn.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied the sus­pect as Richard Lepar Mon­santo, a res­i­dent of Barangay Curva, Medellin town.

Chief Insp. Wil­liam Ho­moc, the newly ap­pointed chief of the Daan­ban­tayan Po­lice Sta­tion, said Mon­santo re­port­edly came from the Kan­daya Re­sort and was driv­ing home on his mo­tor­cy­cle when he en­coun­tered a po­lice check­point.

Ho­moc said Mon­santo at­tempted to avoid the check­point by turn­ing back but was stopped by po­lice of­fi­cers.

Upon in­spec­tion, op­er­a­tives found a .45 cal­iber pis­tol tucked in Mon­santo’s waist­band.

When po­lice asked him why he was car­ry­ing a gun when the elec­tion gun ban was al­ready in ef­fect, Mon­santo iden­ti­fied him­self as Sal­im­ban­gon’s es­cort.

Mon­santo also failed to present a per­mit that al­lows him to carry his pis­tol out­side his res­i­dence.

His mo­tor­cy­cle was also con­fis­cated be­cause it did not have a plate.

“He (Mon­santo) claimed that he for­got to leave his pis­tol in his of­fice. We are now in­ves­ti­gat­ing if he is in­deed a se­cu­rity es­cort of Sal­im­ban­gon and if he is li­censed to carry a pis­tol,” Ho­moc told Su­per­balita Cebu.

An­other per­son was ar­rested for car­ry­ing a firearm and il­le­gal drugs at a po­lice check­point in Barangay Cen­tro in Man­daue City.

Sim­pliceo Tam­pus Dela Cerna, 35, a res­i­dent of Si­tio Ibabao, Barangay Agus in Lapu-Lapu City, was caught car­ry­ing a .38 re­volver and one medium pack and 30 small packs of sus­pected shabu.

In Cebu City, a 28-year-old man was also ar­rested at a po­lice check­point on M. Velez St. in Barangay Guadalupe at around 2 a.m. on Sun­day, Jan. 13.

Po­lice re­cov­ered a homemade .22 cal­iber pis­tol and a small pack of shabu from Jun­rey Celis, a res­i­dent of Barangay Luz.

The three men will face charges for vi­o­la­tion of the Com­pre­hen­sive Firearms and Am­mu­ni­tion Reg­u­la­tion Law in re­la­tion to the elec­tion gun ban.

Dela Cerna and Celis will also be charged for il­le­gal drug pos­ses­sion.

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