Jeepney driver arrested for violating election gun ban

  • A public utility jeepney driver was arrested in Sorsogon when he was caught in possession of a loaded calibre 0.40 firearm
  • The election gun ban took effect on 12:00 a.m. Saturday and is expected to end on May 21

A public utility jeepney driver was arrested for violating the omnibus election code prohibiting the use and carrying of firearms by civilians during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan election period.

Sorsogon police public information officer Senior Inspector Mahalaleel Palmones identified the suspect as 41-year-old Edwin De Torres; a resident of Balete village in Bacon District.

Insp. Palmones said the jeepnedy driver was arrested at a police check point along the national highway, Bacon District around 9:15 p.m. on Sunday.

Seized from the suspect was a caliber .40 with a magazine loaded with nine bullets.

The driver faces a case for violating of Republic Act 10591 or the “Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act”.

The election gun ban took effect by 12:00 a.m. Saturday and is expected to end on May 21.

Meanwhile, PNP earlier reminded policemen to strictly observe protocols in conducting checkpoints:

  • They must wear proper police uniform and are being led by an officer
  • Cops on duty at checkpoints are only allowed to conduct a visual search of vehicles through the car windows and should not require passengers to step out
  • However, authorities may order a passenger or a driver to get off the vehicle when he or she is an identified subject of an arrest warrant

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