By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — The La Union Police arrested a municipal councilor for illegal possession firearms on Black Saturday (April 3) following a search warrant in Brgy. Gonzales, Tubao.
Michael Mapalo was arrested by joint elements of La Union Provincial Police Office, Regional Intelligence Division, 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company, Tubao Municipal Police Station and CIDG La Union Provincial Office during the implementation of Search Warrant No. 01-2021 for Violation of RA 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act) issued by Hon. ROMEO M ATILLO, Presiding Judge, First Judicial Region, Regional Trial Court, Branch 31 Agoo, La Union.
During the enforcement of search warrant, operatives seized assorted pieces of evidence such as one (1) unit Cal. 45 pistol, one (1) Magazine Assembly for Cal. 45 Pistol loaded with four (4) live ammunition, one (1) unit 5.56 M16 Baby Armalite Rifle Elisco with Serial No. RP 1618151 chamber loaded, and one (1) magazine assembly for M16 loaded with nine (9) live ammunition.
“When the authorities asked for corresponding documents for the firearms, Manalo could not provide the said documents”, PNP Chief, Gen. Debold Sinas said.
The suspect was brought to Tubao MPS for proper disposition and the filing of appropriate charges in violation of Republic Act 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act).
“When a person has unlicensed guns or with an expired license, it is already considered as loose firearms. Anyone who has either an expired license or unlicensed firearms can coordinate with the nearest police station for them to be able to assist in the proper disposition of the firearms. Otherwise, the PNP will be forced to file a search warrant and confiscate the firearms with corresponding charges against the violators”, Sinas explained. (AI/MTVN)