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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, June 10, 2013
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Nabbed cop freed on bail

The policeman who was nabbed Friday in Brgy. Granada, Bacolod City, for violation of the Commission on Elections gun ban, posted bail on Saturday for his temporary liberty, Senior Insp. Richie Gohee, station 5 commander, said yesterday.

Senior Police Officer 1, Roberto Arrazola, 42, of Glendale Subdivision, Brgy. Granada in Bacolod, who was assigned to man the gate of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, was released after posting bail of P12,000, Gohee said.

The police said a dispute between the group of Arrazola, and that of Omar Gabatanga on Tuesday, was being settled at the Lupong Tagapamayapa in Brgy. Granada on Friday, but when the party of Gabatanga refused a settlement, Arrazola pulled out his service firearm.

Gohee said they went to the barangay hall and nabbed Arrazola with his .9 mm caliber pistol, a magazine, 15 ammunition and a black pouch, issued by the Philippine National Police, based on document he presented. Gabatanga’s wife, Jaggie Mae said, the commotion on Tuesday, was an offshoot of the basketball tournament at Glendale Subdivision, when the friend of Arrazola, whose name was not disclosed, accused her husband of hurting them during the game.

NOPPO officer-in-charge, Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan yesterday said, Arrazola be charged administratively for violating the COMELEC gun ban.

Bacolod City Police Office operations chief, Senior Insp. Lester Leada said yesterday, the threat charges against Arrazola was lowered to light threat, the progress report submitted by the station 5 showed.

Leada said they have sent a copy of the report to the Police Regional Office-6 in Iloilo City.*SGG

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