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Brgy head could face raps
for firing gun on Dec. 31

San Enrique Mayor Mario Magno yesterday said Bagonawa Brgy. Capt. Teddy Duco will be liable for an administrative case, if he is found to have fired his gun on Dec. 31 last year.

Complaints have been filed against Duco before the police for alleged illegal discharge of firearms, as well as alarm and scandal, in Brgy. Bagonawa, San Enrique, Negros Occidental.

Magno said he will summon Duco on Monday to shed light on complaints against him, filed by his relatives, Kagawad Arlu Aplasca and his wife, Hazel.

Aplasca, an engineer of the Department of Public Works and Highways, claimed that Duco fired his .45 caliber pistol eight times, about 30 meters from their chicken farm in Sitio Nanas, Brgy. Bagonawa, San Enrique on Dec. 31 last year.

Two empty shells of a .45 caliber pistol were recovered by the San Enrique police, Senior Inspector Romeo Vargas, town police officer-in-charge said.

Vargas said Duco admitted to firing his gun allegedly because of the presence of two unidentified suspects at his cock farm.

On Nov. 22 last year, Aplasca also reported to the San Enrique police that he was followed to his farm by Duco, who was allegedly carrying a .45 caliber pistol.

Investigations by the San Enrique police showed that Duco is a licensed firearm holder.

Magno, however, said that illegal discharge of firearms even by a licensed firearm holder should not be tolerated.

Vargas said they are still waiting for the complainants to come to the San Enrique Police Station, for their affidavits required in the preparation of the complaint to be filed against Duco.

He said the two empty shells of the .45 caliber pistol have been endorsed to the PNP Crime Laboratory for ballistic examinations, for matching with the fired cartridges of the licensed pistol of Duco.* GPB



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