Four suspects arrested for violation of firearms law

Illegal possession of firearms

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – Four suspects were arrested for Violation of Comprehensive Law of Firearms and Ammunition early yesterday, September 19, 2018 in Asingan, Pangasinan.

PCInsp Ador M Tayag, Asingan Police Station Chief of Police said that simultaneous implementation of search warrants for Violation of RA10591 was made in the said municipality to address alarming firearm-related issues.

Arrested were Leonard Soriano Pataray aka β€œOnad”, 43; Victoriano Datuin Aquino Sr, 74; Victoriano Abuan Aquino Jr, 34; and Vicente Abuan Aquino, 50.

Suspects were arrested by virtue of search warrants for Violation of Republic Act 10591 (Comprehensive Law on Firearm and Ammunition) issued by Hon. Mervin Jovito Samatan, Presiding Judge of RTC, Branch 70, Burgos, Pangasinan. Recovered were:

  • One unit of caliber 38 revolver, nine (9) pieces of ammunition for caliber .38, and ten (10) pieces ammunition for cal .45. from Pataray;
  • One (1) unit CASPIAN cal 45 pistol, one (1) pc magazine for cal 45 pistol, two (2) pcs ammunition for cal. 45 pistol, four (4) pcs ammunition for 12-gauge shotgun, one (1) unit magnum 357 revolver and thirteen (13) pcs ammunition for cal 357 magnum from Aquino, Sr and Jr;
  • One (1) unit ARMSCOR cal 45 pistol; twenty (20) pcs of ammunition for cal. 22, twenty-seven (27) pcs. of ammunition for cal. 45, three (3) pcs ammunition for cal. 30, and two (2) pcs magazines for cal 45 were recovered from Vicente Aquino.

β€œThe operation is in compliance with the directive of PNP Chief Albayalde to account all loose firearms in the region to remove the instrument of would be killing/shooting incidents. This is also in preparation for the forthcoming election by dismantling Private Armed Groups (PAGs),’’ PCSupt Romulo E Sapitula, PRO1 Regional Director said.

Sapitula further averred that the Police Regional Office 1 is continuously maximizing their efforts in identifying sources of loose firearms and apprehend violators of the Comprehensive Law on Firearm and Ammunition. β€œIn this manner, we can eradicate firearm-related crimes in the region,’’ he said. (PNP PRO1 PIO)