Iloilo exec re­it­er­ates no irearm pol­icy at city hall

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The Iloilo City gov­ern­ment on Wed­nes­day re­it­er­ated the pol­icy ban­ning the car­ry­ing of firearms in­side the city hall.

This was stated by City Ad­min­is­tra­tor Her­nando Galvez fol­low­ing the ap­pre­hen­sion of the body­guards of Coun­cilor Plar­idel Nava by the Iloilo City Po­lice Of­fice (ICPO) on Mon­day, who were tagged as sus­pects in the killing of the coun­cilor’s cousin.

As part of hot pur­suit op­er­a­tions, po­lice ap­pre­hended sib­lings Roy and Rey Julius de los Reyes, who later ad­mit­ted that their three cal­iber .45 pis­tols were un­li­censed.

“It is with re­gret that per­haps we have to re­mind them that they are not sup­posed to bring their firearms in­side the city hall. Prob­a­bly out of due cour­tesy be­cause they hap­pened to be the staff of a city of­fi­cial, thus they are not sub­jected to frisk­ing,” Galvez said in an in­ter­view.

Galvez added that fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, se­cu­rity guards have been in­structed by the Of­fice of the City Mayor to be stricter, other­wise they will be sanc­tioned.

The se­cu­rity guards are lo­cated at both en­trances of the city hall. A po­lice is also as­signed on the sixth floor, where the of­fice of the SP is lo­cated, while other floors of the seven-story city hall have as­signed po­lice aux­il­iaries.

He stated that much as they would like to in­ves­ti­gate the of­fice of Nava, yet they have no au­thor­ity be­cause he is un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of the Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lung­sod.

In a sep­a­rate in­ter­view on Tues­day, Vice Mayor Jef­frey Gan­zon rec­om­mended that a de­tec­tor be placed at the city hall so that firearms can be eas­ily de­tected.

He also en­cour­aged coun­cilors, who legally pos­sess firearms, to fur­nish the se­cu­rity guards with their per­mit to carry and other nec­es­sary doc­u­ments.

Mean­time, Se­nior Supt. Martin De­fen­sor Jr., di­rec­tor of the Iloilo City Po­lice Of­fice (ICPO), on Wed­nes­day con­firmed that a case for il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearms have been filed against the de los Reyes brothers.

They were also charged for their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Jan­uary 4 killing of Mercedes Nava, the cousin of coun­cilor Nava.

The Iloilo City gov­ern­ment through City Ad­min­is­tra­tor Her­nando Galvez re­it­er­ated the pol­icy ban­ning the car­ry­ing of firearms in­side the city hall.

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