2 ar­rested for vi­o­lat­ing gun ban

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Mitchelle L. Palaub­sanon and Imarie Jane D. Mada­ri­eta, USJ-R In­tern/JMO

Po­lice have re­cov­ered 13 firearms and ar­rested two peo­ple in the first two hours of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the elec­tion gun ban that started Sun­day.

Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice -7 Direc­tor De­bold Si­nas said the two ar­rested in Daan­ban­tayan town in Cebu and Panglao town in Bo­hol.

“The rest sur­ren­dered - ka­tong mga na paso na nga lisen­sya. Ka­tong uban, gi­pang-sur­ren­der nalang nila mao tong ang among gi-re­port mga sur­ren­dered firearms lang,” Si­nas ex­plained.

Richard Mon­santo, 41, from Medellin town was ar­rested at a check­point manned by the Daan­ban­tayan po­lice in Barangay Aguho last Sun­day dawn.

Po­lice re­cov­ered a cal­iber 45 firearm with live bul­lets from Mon­santo.

Mon­santo re­port­edly claimed he is a se­cu­rity es­cort of a politi­cian from North­ern Cebu.

Cebu Fourth Dis­trict Rep. Ben­hur Sal­im­ban­gon has de­nied that Mon­santo is his se­cu­rity aide.

"Dili gyud na siya nako se­cu­rity aide. Bisan kausa, not even once wala gyud na nako siya nahi­mong se­cu­rity aide," Sal­im­ban­gon told The FREE­MAN.

"Kan­ing tawhana, iyaha lang nang gi-name drop akong pan­galan aron dili siya madak­pan, pero ang tinud-anay ani, dili na nako siya se­cu­rity es­cort," Sal­im­ban­gon said.

"Ba­hala na ang mga po­lis mopasaka og kaso ilang nadak­pan," he added.

Si­nas en­cour­aged own­ers of guns with ex­pired li­censes to hand their firearms over to au­thor­i­ties.

The elec­tion gun ban is ef­fec­tive from Jan­uary 13 to June 12 of this year.

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