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Radio block timer nabbed
for gunban violation: PNP

BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Police arrested a radio block timer for allegedly violating the Commission on Elections gun-ban prohibition in Bayawan, Negros Oriental, Sunday.

Police reports identified the broadcaster as Rene Ledesma, 42, married, and temporarily residing in Barangay Suba, Bayawan City.

Ledesma was arrested at R.T. Diao Street in Barangay Tinago, Bayawan City by PO3 Roberto de la Cruz Abadiano, in response to a tip from a concerned citizen about the presence of a man allegedly wielding a gun and engaged in an argument with another at a chicken grill house.

Abadiano asked Ledesma for a COMELEC gun ban exemption document but he could not present one. All he had was a firearm license card and a permit-to-carry outside residence card.

During the election period, gun holders are required to secure an exemption from the COMELEC for them to be allowed to carry firearms.

Recovered from Ledesma were a .45 caliber handgun, a magazine, seven rounds of live ammunition and a holster.

Ledesma, a paid block timer of an FM radio station in Dumaguete City, was detained and charged with violation of the COMELEC gun ban, and other election-related rules.*JFP

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