The police have arrested two more violators of the Comission on Elections gun ban in Manapla town and in Silay City, bringing to three the number of suspects apprehended in Negros Occidental, since its enforcement on Sept. 28.
The arrest of the two violators, identified as Joeman Miguel Galvan, 23, and Michael Soberano, 25, yielded two .38 caliber revolvers with seven live ammunition, police records show.
Senior Inspector Edencio Gregorio, Manapla police chief, said yesterday that Soberano was arrested by barangay tanods, responding to a report of a robbery-hold-up incident Sunday in Brgy. Purisima, Manapla.
Soberano and his two companions, identified as Rudy Boy Berito and alias Bugok, reportedly waylaid and robbed Erna Marie de la Cruz, 22, of her cellular phone in the place.
While his two companions escaped, Gregorio said Soberano was apprehended by the barangay tanods who had confiscated a .38 caliber revolver from him.
A day earlier, Galvan was arrested in Brgy. Guinhalaran in Silay City, for having a revolver, Supt. Rosauro Francisco yesterday said.
Another suspect, identified as Ademar Parreno, was also arrested by the police in Brgy. Lantad, Silay City, for having an 11-inch deadly weapon, in his possession, Francisco added.
Galvan and Parreno were charged yesterday for violation of the Comelec gun ban before the Silay City Prosecutor’s Office, as possession of bladed weapon is covered by the enforcement of Comelec Resolution 9715 during election period, he also said.
On Saturday, police also arrested Pedro Catador, 59, in Sagay City having a .38 caliber revolver.*GPB