IBA, Zambales – A policeman who went AWOL was arrested for position of explosive during the serving of a search warrant conducted by the Zambales PNP in Sta Cruz town Friday morning.
Capt. Richard E. Asis, acting chief of police of Sta. Cruz, said joint elements of Sta. Cruz MPS, the provincial intelligence unit, and 1st provincial mobile force company implemented Search Warrant N RTC- 45-2021-1 for violation of RA 10591 (Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition) issued by Judge Marifi P. Chua of RTC Branch 70, Iba, Zambales dated Oct. 27, 2021 in Sitio Bunga, Barangay Gama, Sta. Cruz, which resulted in the arrest of former PNP member Romel Meriño y Motus, 50, of the said barangay.
Reports said Meriño was assigned in Iloilo City while in the PNP service.
Seized from the suspect was one hand grenade. He is now detained at the Sta Cruz MPS facing charges for illegal possession of explosive without bail.