TAYUM, Abra – A 42-year old miner was arrested by combined police operatives and intelligence agents after they were able to uncover in his possession an unlicensed firearm loaded with five live bullets in a checkpoint along the Abra-Kalinga road, particularly at Gaddani, Tayum, here recently.
Senior Superintendent Antonio Bartolome, provincial director of the Abra Provincial Police Office, identified the arrested gun ban violator as June Talinay Lucas, 42, married, miner, and a resident of Subagan, Baay-Licuan, Abra.
Initial police investigation showed police personnel were manning a checkpoint in the place of incident when a motorcycle driven by Tirso Gonzales Talinay with the suspect as his back rider ignored the said checkpoint but the policemen were able to prevail upon them.
When the occupants of the motorcycle were asked to produce the documents of the vehicle, the policemen were able to see a protruding handle of a firearm from the back pack of the suspects.
During the interrogation, the suspect yielded a calibre .38 revolver with defaced serial number with five live ammunitions.
The suspect and the confiscated firearm were brought to the Tayum Municipal Police Station for documentation and the filing of charges of violation of the gun ban imposed by the Commission on elections (Comelec) for the upcoming May 9, 2016 general and automated elections.
By Dexter A. See