Davao official, 5 others nabbed for illegal guns

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OPERATIVES of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) have arrested a village chairman in Davao City and five of his watchmen for keeping a stash of unlicensed firearms in the village hall.

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The agents seized .45 caliber pistols; a caliber .380 pistol; a .357 magnum revolver; a shotgun; a .9mm caliber pistol; magazines and several rounds of ammunitions.

There was no available information on why Galvez and his village watchmen keep in their possession a number of unlicensed guns.

CIDG Director Chief Supt. Victor Deona identified the arrested official as Mark Galvez, chairman of Barangay Communal in Buhangin District, Davao City.

Arrested along with Galvez were Allan Arabilla Badang, Cornelio Roquero Bughao, Arvin Bangquaw Cayuda, Ricardo Oranza Dialoja and Ronald Junio Obtial. All are village watchmen of Brgy. Communal.

Quoting a report from the field, Deona said the suspects were arrested after operatives of the CIDG in Davao City, a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) of Davao City Police Office and elements of Buhangin Police Station (PS) swooped down on the village hall of Brgy. Communal at around 10:30 a.m., based on the complaint of concerned citizens.

The operation was covered by 11 search warrants issued by Executive Judge Carpio of Regional Trial Court (RTC) 11 for violation of R.A. 10591 (Firearms and Ammunition Law) against Galvez.

A report by Senior Supt. Joel Pernito, CIDG regional chief for Davao region, said that on Nov. 15, 2015, some officials and constituents of Brgy. Communal came to their office. The group presented a request from the Office of the Ombudsman for appropriate police action on the alleged reported high-powered firearms being kept by Galvez and the watchmen.

Galvez and the five suspects are facing charges for violation of RA 10591, while the village official will be facing administrative charges before the Ombudsman, Deona said.

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