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Cops assess security of
Bacolod Hall of Justice

The Philippine National Police yesterday conducted a security survey of the parking lot of the Bacolod Hall of Justice after the transfer of 76 firearms seized from the ancestral home of Mayor Magdaleno Peña in Brgy.Ubay, Pulupandan, that were stored in two vehicles there, to its storage room.

The security survey at the Hall of Justice was led by Senior Supt. Allan Guisihan, deputy regional director for Operations of the Western Visayas, accompanied by Senior Supts. Milko Lirazan, provincial police officer-in-charge, and Edgardo Ordaniel, Bacolod police officer-in-charge, in coordination with Regional Executive Judge Anita Chua.

Guisihan admitted that they were apprehensive that somebody may be interested in the seized guns.

Bacolod Regional Trial Court Judge Fernando Elumba, who ordered the transfer of the 76 seized firearms and ammunition to the Hall of Justice storage room Thursday assured that the HOJ is a secured area.

Lirazan yesterday said the Police Regional Office 6 is also conducting a security survey and inspection, not only of the Hall of Justice, but also of other vital government installations in Negros Occidental, including the provincial Capitol and the Bacolod City Government Center.

Whatever recommendations may arise, Lirazan said they will implement them.

Elite troopers of the PNP Special Action Force are securing the inner perimeter of the Hall of Justice in Bacolod City, while policemen of NOPPO and BCPO have been tasked to secure its outside perimeter.

The PNP Firearms and Explosives Office had cancelled the licenses of 76 firearms, and this is being questioned by the counsels of Peña and the four firms, that claim ownership of the seized guns.*GPB



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