AUTHORITIES on Thursday night arrested an armed airport policeman who reportedly tried to force his way closer to the motorcade of Pope Francis in Pasay City (Metro Manila).
Cpl. Virgilio Perez, 61, was concealing a 9mm pistol and a magazine loaded with 14 ammunition inside his backpack when collared by a police team designated to secure the Pope.
It was learned that at the time of his arrest, Perez was off-duty and was not authorized to carry a gun.
The government has declared “gun-free zones” in papal activity areas.
The police are investigating and conducting a background check on Perez, a member of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) police, who was immediately hauled off to jail.
Senior Supt. Sidney Hernia, Pasay City police chief, said Perez was initially confronted by the pope security contingent when he tried to cross the Domestic Road in Pasay City where the pontiff’s convoy was about to pass around 6:30 p.m.
Perez will be charged with violating Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.