Cemetery Guard Arrested For Selling Unregistered Guns

October 18, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – A security guard caught in the act of selling loose firearms was arrested by policemen in Quezon City on Friday, a police official said yesterday.

Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Senior Superintendent Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar identified the suspect as Carlos Sanchez, Jr., alias “Toto,” 36, of No. 16 Armando St. in Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City.

Eleazar said operatives of the District Special Operation Unit (DSOU) conducted an operation against Sanchez after receiving confidential information that the suspect was selling firearms at a low price.

Police report showed that an undercover agent of DSOU contacted the suspect and pretended to buy guns from him.

They agreed to do the transaction at Bagbag public cemetery in Novaliches at around 7 p.m. on October 14.

Sanchez appeared carrying a sling bag.

During the transaction, the suspect became suspicious of the poseur buyer and tried to flee.

But other members of the police team were fast enough to stop him.

When the suspect’s sling bag was opened, cops found several firearms and Sanchez failed to present valid documents for it.

Seized from Sanchez were one Armscor .38 revolver with serial no. 786793, five live ammunition of caliber .38, one Hungarian 9mm pistol with serial no. G15057, 20 pieces live 9mm ammunition, two 9mm magazines, and the suspect’s identification card as “security guard.”

Police later found out that Sanchez is working as a security guard at the Bagbag public cemetery.

Eleazar said the suspect, who was presented to the media yesterday, will face a case for violation of Republic Act 10591 or “illegal possession of firearm.”

“Despite the relentless war on illegal drugs, QCPD is also focused on other areas of criminality to keep the city safe and secure for the public,” he noted. – EAN



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