MARCOS, Ilocos Sur – The mayor of this town turned over three licensed firearms to the police here April 5, 2013 for safe keeping.
Police Chief Superintendent Ricardo C. Marquez, Region 1 police director said Marcos Mayor Salvador Pillos deposited for safe keeping two Remington and Ithaca shotguns and a Winston 7.62 caliber rifle.
He said that the three licensed firearms were accounted during the implementation of Search Warrant 2013-5 issued by Judge Charles Aguilar of RTC Branch 12 in Ilocos Norte.
The regional director said that Pillos was allowed to keep his six other licensed firearms for his protection.
“The action of Mayor Pillos is a positive move that is worthy of emulation by other firearm holders especially our political candidates. This is to avoid and prevent any possible involvement to gun-related issues,” PCSupt. Marquez added.
Pillos survived a shooting incident in February 4, 2013 at his construction site in Barangay Lydia of same town.
Meanwhile, a search conducted in the house of mayoralty candidate Arsenio Agustin also yielded a licensed caliber .45 pistol.
Pillos and Agustin are both vying for the mayoralty in Marcos town.
In another news, a security guard was arrested last April 12 in Barangay Basca, Aringay, La Union for illegal possession of firearm and violation of the Comelec gun ban.
The suspect was identified as George B. Lizardo, 38 years old, married, security guard and a native of Brgy. Supiil, San Juan, Abra.
The police, responding from a report that an armed man was seen at the compound of former Barangay Captain Diego Abubo, confiscated from the suspect an M4A1 Carbine 5.56 with SN K5077301, three (3) magazines loaded with ammunitions and other personal belongings.
The gun was turned over to the Regional Crime Laboratory Office 1 (RCLO1) for ballistics and cross-matching examination.
The police filed two cases against the suspect at the provincial prosecutor’s office for violation of RA 9284 and Comelec Resolution 9661-A.
“We will intensify our campaign and consistently implement the COMELEC rules to ensure SAFE election in the region,” the regional director stressed.#