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2 gun ban violators held in Caloocan, Navotas

January 9, 2022 Edd Reyes 353 views

POLICE arrested two individuals on the first day of the implementation of Commission on Election (Comelec) gun ban Sunday before dawn in separate incidents in Caloocan and Navotas Cities.

Caloocan police chief P/Col. Samuel Mina said a team from the Caloocan Police Station led by P/Lt. Gomer Mappala were conducting a Comelec checkpoint along Rotonda Amparo Subdivision in Brgy. 179 at around 2:20 a.m. when they flagged down rider John Paul Dunlao, 23 for not wearing a safety helmet.

When policemen asked for Dunlao’s driver’s license and certificate of registration (CR) of his driven motorcycle, P/Cpl. Marvin Raphael Prado, noticed a caliber .38 revolver loaded with four live bullets inside the motorist’s belt bag when he opened it to get his license and CR.

The lawmen arrested Dunlao for violating R.A. 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition Act and violation of Omnibus Election Code.

At around 1 a.m., elements of the Navotas Police Sub-Station 3, Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) team, Tactical Motorcycle Riding Unit (TMRU) and personnel of Intelligence Office led by P/Lt. Luis Rufo, Jr. were conducting a Comelec checkpoint along C-4 Road, Brgy. Bagumbayan, North, Navotas City when they flagged down a tricycle after its passenger, who was seated at the back of driver, was seen not wearing a face mask.

When the suspect, identified as Jerwin Gubaton, 39, alighted from the passenger seat, a caliber .38 revolver with three live bullets accidentally dropped from his short pants.

Gubaton was arrested and charged with violation of R.A 10591, violation of Omnibus Election Code and violation of public health protocols for not wearing face mask and failed to observe social distancing.