A 90-year-old man who was allegedly caught in possession of an array of illegal firearms and parts in Ubay amid the Commission on Election’s (Comelec) gun ban has been charged with illegal gun possession.
Suspect Genaro Ibale Sr. was arrested on Wednesday morning at his home in Purok 4, Barangay Sentinela in Ubay by a composite police team led by the Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB).
The authorities, bearing a search warrant, seized from Ibale parts of four .45 caliber pistols, nine pieces of .38 caliber revolver parts, seven pieces of pistol barrels, 15 pieces of assorted magazines, three pieces of revolver cylinders, several long firearm barrels, a shotgun and three .22 caliber air guns.
According to Ubay police chief Sr. Insp. Desiree Lavisto, some of the confiscated firearms and gun parts were not owned by Ibale.
Most of these were left in Ibale’s possession for repairs, Lavisto said.
Earlier, Ibale’s son, Genero Jr., was also arrested for illegal gun possession and production.
Lavisto noted that the Ibales have been known by authorities as gun manufacturers and repairmen in their village.
However, both men have also been previously released after posting bail. (AD)