Payao village chair yields illegal firearm in Siay checkpoint

Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay – The barangay chairman of Kima, Payao, this province had yielded a firearm in a checkpoint past 12 a.m. Thursday, May 9.

Barangay Chairman Reynaldo Dinoy was apprehended in a checkpoint in Barangay Kimos, Siay, this province after he was caught with a loaded gun inside the vehicle he was driving.

Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Luis Licup, Zamboanga Peninsula Police Regional Office (PRO9) director, said the police manning the checkpoint had conducted random checkpoint to all motorists during which Dinoy’s car was also subjected to inspection.

The police recovered from the barangay chairman a loaded .45 caliber pistol with nine bullets and another magazine with bullets of unspecified firearm.

Dinoy reportedly admitted to possess the unlicensed gun saying it was for his personal protection because he had just brought a pregnant resident of his barangay to Ipil, the capital town of the province the previous evening.

He was alone in the vehicle when he was stopped at the checkpoint.

Licup said the barangay chairman could be charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, and violation of the gun ban imposed by the Commission on Election (Comelec).

The Comelec gun ban had started January 13 until June 12.

Anyone caught carrying firearms and other deadly weapons during this period would be charged unless he or she has obtained an exemption from the poll body. (amm)

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