A former barangay captain and a member of the police auxiliary force in Dimiao was arrested after a raid in his home yielded two unlicensed firearms on Tuesday morning.
According to Dimiao police chief Capt. Romar Labasbas, they searched the house of Raymundo Namalata, 49, in Barangay Oac, Dimiao through a warrant issued by Judge Rufino of the Regional Trial Court Branch 50 in Loay.
Operatives found a .45 caliber pistol, a .38 revolver and four live bullets in Namalata’s home.
Labasbas said that they launched the raid after receiving reports that Namalata was constantly wielding an unlicensed firearm while he was still village chief.
“Naa man ta mga reports received na naa siya dala armas kanunay labina na tong barangay Captain pa siya. Then bisan auxiliary, di gihapon sya pwede maggunit armas unless if licensed siya,” said Labasbas.
Police found out that there were no licenses for the firearms after they verified with the Firearms and Explosives Office in Camp Crame.
“Kato kay giverify man nato sa Firearms and Explosives Office sa crame na non-holder sya ug armas and wala nakalicense na armas sa iyaha,” Labasbas said.
Namalata is now detained at the Dimiao Police Station and is set to be charged with violation against Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition. (RT)