Retired QC cop nabbed for gun ban violation

MANILA A retired policeman is the latest violator of the gun ban for the May 14 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) said Tuesday.

Robertson Cruz Estrella, 63, a resident of Pandi, Bulacan, was arrested on Monday for pointing a gun at two traffic aides of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), who flagged down the UV express he was riding, QCPD Director Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar said.

A report from the Batasan Police Station said that at about 6:25 p.m. Monday, the suspect was among the passengers of a UV Express driven by a certain Melchor Tanalgo when, upon reaching Commonwealth Ave., Barangay Batasan Hills in front of the Commission on Audit building, the vehicle was flagged down by MMDA traffic marshals Christopher Bangalisan and Wilson Balceta for traffic violations.

Estrella argued with the traffic constables and drew a firearm and pointed it at them, prompting the traffic constables to seek the assistance of a policeman who arrested the suspect.

Seized from Estrella was an Armscor caliber .45 pistol with serial no. 103627 with 13 live ammunition.

Estrella failed to show papers exempting him from the Commission on Elections gun ban.

A case of grave threat and violation of Republic Act No. 10591 (Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition), in relation to the Omnibus Election Code, will be filed against the suspect.

The gun ban, which is in effect from April 14 until May 21, prohibits the use of bodyguards and suspends all permits to carry firearms outside of residence, except for law enforcement and military officers authorized by law, and individuals who have secured an exemption from the poll body.

Source: Philippine News Agency