Vil­lage chief’s bro nabbed for guns

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

SAN SI­MON - A 45-year-old man over the week­end was ar­rested by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties here for al­leged vi­o­la­tion of the na­tion­wide elec­tion gun ban set by the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions.

Chief In­spec­tor Elias Tait, this town’s chief of po­lice, iden­ti­fied the sus­pect as Leopoldo Flores Maglanque, brother of Barangay San Miguel Chair­woman Gemma Pun­salan and a res­i­dent of the said vil­lage.

Tait said that el­e­ments of San Si­mon po­lice and 2nd Pam­panga Mo­bile Force Com­pany im­ple­mented a search war­rant with no. 19-0398(m) is­sued by Judge Ma. Josephine Rosario-Mer­cado against the sus­pect.

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of the said search war­rant re­sulted to the dis­cov­ery and con­fis­ca­tion of var­i­ous firearms from Maglanque in­clud­ing one .22 cal­iber re­volver loaded with five am­mu­ni­tions, a cal­iber .22 ri­fle and 12 live am­mu­ni­tions for cal­iber .22, said Tait.

“This is part of the na­tional cam­paign to elim­i­nate the threat in the com­ing elec­tions and one of which is the threat of loose firearms and upon learn­ing the case of Mr. Maglanque, the San Si­mon po­lice de­liv­ered im­me­di­ate so­lu­tion in­clud­ing his ar­rest,” he sai d.

Maglanque is fac­ing charges for vi­o­la­tion of Repub­lic Act 10591 or the Il­le­gal Pos­ses­sion of Firearms.

Tait, mean­while, also warned crim­i­nals that the lo­cal po­lice will not stop go­ing af­ter in­di­vid­u­als who in­tend to cause chaos in the com­ing lo­cal elec­tions and dis­turb peace and or­der in the town.

“I am warn­ing any­body who has plans to dis­turb the elec­tions, es­pe­cially here in San Si­mon, to stop and aban­don their plans be­cause I will not stop un­til I put you be­hind bars,” he sai d.

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