Mahinog, Camiguin – A close aide and bodyguard of Guinsiliban town Mayor Raul Llacuna was arrested for violating Commission on Elections (Comelec) Resolution No. 8714 or the Comelec Gun Ban and for illegal possession of firearms under Presidential Decree No. 1866, a report from the local PNP here says.
Facing charges is Manolo A. Pacturan, 45 years old, married and a resident of Guinsiliban, Camiguin.
He was arrested in barangay San Roque in the town of Mahinog during a checkpoint conducted by the PNP led by Mahinog chief of police P/Inspector Edgar S. Anonoy, with PO3 Jerry Jalagat, PO1 Anthony Zagado, PO1 Ray Abao and PO1 Jimmy Balbutin in compliance with a directive from the Comelec in connection with the May 10, 2010 national and local elections.
The suspect was aboard a Mitsubishi Lancer owned by Llacuna and driven by Roy Senara, 43 years old, married, when intercepted.
A 45 caliber pistol with one (1) magazine loaded with seven (7) live ammunition were seized from the suspect. The gun was placed inside the vehicle's compartment, according to police report.
"The suspect had no permit to carry it," Anonoy said, "and we already filed charges for illegal possession of firearms and violation of the Comelec gun ban against the suspect.”
"This is the first case of violation of Comelec gun ban in Mahinog and even in the entire province of Camiguin in connection with the 2010 polls," he added.
As this developed, the Municipal Council of Mahinog passed a resolution on Monday commending the elements of Mahinog PNP for a job well done. The resolution was authored by Councilor Leoncio P. Somobay, chairman of the committee on police and public safety.
In its resolution No. 8714, Comelec prohibits the carrying and transport of firearms, explosives and deadly weapons during the 150-day election period from Jan. 10, 2010 to June 9, 2010.
Under the same Comelec resolution, only bonafide members of PNP, AFP and law enforcement agencies in proper uniform and while in actual performance of official duty are authorized to bear firearms during the election period.
Under the law, those found guilty of illegal possession of firearms during the election season face a penalty of one to six years imprisonment and disqualification from holding public office.
Anonoy said the PNP would strictly impose the gun ban to ensure safe and peaceful elections in May. (Homer R. Jajalla, Mahinog Information Office)