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Former village chief arrested for possessing unlicensed firearm

A former village chief from Dimiao was arrested by the police after he was found to be keeping several firearms with no license.

Police Captain Romar Labasbas, the acting chief of Dimiao Police Station, said they only acted on the reports from residents in Barangay Oac that 45-year-old Raymundo Namalata is always carrying a firearm especially during his term as the village head.

Police secured a search warrant issued by Judge Rufino Naragas of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 50 in Loay.

They conducted the search on Tuesday morning.

Several firearms were seized including one (1) calliber. 45 with four live ammunition and one magazine, one caliber .38 revolver and two holsters.

Upon verification, the former barangay official also has no permit to carry firearm as per the records of Firearms and Explosives Office in Camp Crame.

Capt. Labasbas said even if he is a member of the auxiliary force he is not allowed to possess such firearms if it’s not licensed.

The village chief will be charged with violation of Republic Act 10591 or An Act Providing for a Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition.

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