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Barangay captain, 4 others nabbed for election gun ban

May 11, 2019 - Saturday 3:05 PM by Ruth Palo

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DAVAO CITY -- A barangay captain and four others were arrested at a Commission on Elections (Comelec) checkpoint in Sulop, Davao del Sur at around 7:30 p.m. on Friday for violating the election gun ban.

Police identified the arrested persons as Reynaldo Jaloring Malayang, 41, barangay captain of Barangay Lapu-Lapu in Malalag, Davao del Sur; driver Luis Barrios Duterte, 47; farmer Willy Manggaga Alconera, 43; retired Army soldier Roger Delegero Nero, 58; and Ramon Oquialda Paras, 63.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Edilberto Leonardo, regional chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 11, said his men, together with personnel from Police Regional Office (PRO) 11, conducted the checkpoint after receiving information from a concerned citizen that armed men on board a Strada pickup were travelling the highway from Sta. Maria, Davao del Sur to Digos City, Davao del Sur.

Leonardo said the police personnel flagged down the vehicle at Kilometer 80, Barangay Kiblagon in Sulop, Davao del Sur and found long and short firearms as well as ammunition with no pertinent documents.

Leonardo said based on the information they received, the arrested persons are members of a Private Armed Group (PAG) of an incumbent local official in Malalag, Davao del Sur. He did not specify the official, however.

Police found the following in the possession of the suspects: four caliber 45 pistols with 32 live bullets; one M16 rifle with magazine loaded with 30 live bullets; one homemade automatic rifle with 4 magazines loaded with 92 bullets; one homemade shotgun rifle with seven 12 gauge cartridges; two magazines loaded with 30 live bullets; and three magazines for a homemade automatic rifle loaded with nine bullets.

Leonardo said all five suspects were detained pending the filing of charges for violation of Republic Act (RA) 10591 in relation to the Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines.