18-year-old arrested for gun ban violation in Muntinlupa

Published January 15, 2022, 11:04 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

Police arrested an 18-year-old male for illegal possession of a firearm and violation of the gun ban in Muntinlupa City on Friday night, Jan. 14.

The suspect, Christian Delgado, was apprehended at 6:45 p.m. by members of the Muntinlupa police intelligence section in Purok 7, PNR Site, Barangay Poblacion, Muntinlupa.

Suspect Christian Delgado (Muntinlupa police)

The cops were conducting an anti-criminality operation when they saw Delgado holding a gun, according to the police report.

Confiscated from the suspect was a .38-caliber firearm with three live bullets. He was brought to the Muntinlupa Police Station and will be charged for violations of Republic Act 10591 (illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition) and Batas Pambansa 881 (Omnibus Election Code).

Delgado is the second person to be arrested in Muntinlupa since the gun ban for the May 9 national and local elections took effect on Jan. 9.

The Comelec approved Resolution No. 10728 last Nov. 10 on the “rules and regulations on the ban on the (1) bearing, carrying or transporting of firearms or other deadly weapons; and (2) employment, availment or engagement of the services of security personnel or bodyguards during the election period of the May 9, 2022 national and local elections.”

Section 2 of the resolution states that “no person shall bear, carry or transport firearms or deadly weapons outside his/her residence or place of business. and in all public places, including any building, street, park, and in private vehicles or public conveyances, even if he/she is licensed or authorized to possess or to carry the same, unless authorized by the Commission, through the Committee on the Ban on Firearms and Security Concerns (CBFSC), in accordance with the provisions of this Resolution.”

The same resolution prohibits anyone from engaging the services of security personnel and transporting firearms and explosives, including its spare parts and components unless authorized by Comelec.

Penalties for violation of the gun ban are imprisonment from one year to six years, permanent disqualification from public office and loss of right to vote, and deportation for foreigners, but only after prison term is served.