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Village chief held for possession of unlicensed high-powered guns

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga – The Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) is gaining ground in its campaign against loose firearms in Central Luzon with the seizure Monday of several high-powered firearms and arrest of a ranking government official in Guimba, Nueva Ecija.

PRO 3 director Brigadier General Jose S. Hidalgo identified the local official as Gil Romin Gamis, barangay chairman of San Miguel in Guimba town.

Hidalgo said the village chief was held by authorities after one M-16 rifle, a carbine, a rifle grenade, a flare gun, magazine assemblies for the guns and numerous rounds of ammunition were confiscated from his residence in Barangay San Miguel during a police search.

Armed with a Search Warrant issued Executive Judge Frazierwin Villaflor Viterbo of the Guimba, Nueva Ecija Regional Trial Court, Third Judicial Region, Branch 33, joint operatives from the Regional Special Operations Group 3, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 3 and Guimb Municipal Police Station raided the house of Gamis and found the unlicensed firearms.

According to Hidalgo, his men immediately applied for a search warrant after receiving reports confirming that the said barangay official possessed several unlicensed guns.

He said Gamis did not resist arrest during the search which was done in an orderly manner in the presence of several barangay officials in the area.

“We have been continuously beefing up our aggressive drive to recover and to seize loose firearms through continuous police operations with the implementation of search warrants against illegal gun holders,” Hidalgo said.

Hidalgo claimed the current effort of Central Luzon police maybe consider as a stern warning to all gun holders in the entire region who still fail to renew their gun licenses or tuned-over their undocumented firearms in their nearest police stations for safe keeping.

“Strict penalties will be imposed against those who continue to violates the implementing rules and regulations in the possession of illegal firearms,” Hidalgo said.