Sambo aide nabbed for gun

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    MABALACAT, Pampanga – Police arrested a ‘drunk’ supporter of a mayoralty bet here Sunday evening for unruly conduct and violation of the election gun ban.

    Ryan Miranda, 36, married, buy-sell agent , introduced himself as “a close-in security of Marjorie Morales-Sambo,” a candidate for mayor, when accosted by police along Mabini St., Barangay Dau, reports said.

    Found in his possession was a .9 mm Taurus pistol (serial number TBU-14273) with nine live ammunition.

    While Miranda had the proper license for his firearm, he could not show any permit to carry or exemption from the gun ban.

    In their joint affidavit of arrest, PO2 Pepe Lomocso, Jr. and SPO1Robert Manaloto said they received a report that Miranda was “drunk and unruly” and “wielding unknown handgun and challenged his neighbors to a fistfight.”

    Residents in the area interviewed by Punto alleged that Miranda was a known “neighborhood bully who brandishes his gun whenever drunk.”

    “Magkakalalaki ya pu kening lugal mi,” they said.

    On the night of the incident, residents alleged, Miranda was cursing and challenging supporters of Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales to come out and fight him.

    “He had been campaigning for Sambo in our neighborhood but he could not  get even one stray vote dahil solid Boking kami dito,” the residents said “Maybe in frustration, uminom  at nagwala.” 

    With the incident that terrified the neighborhood, the residents said they are “all the more determined not to vote for Sambo.”

    “Ngayon pa lang kandidato si Sambo, abusado na itong bata niya. Paano pa kung mananalo ito?”  the residents chorused.

    Meanwhile, the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor has issued an inquest resolution citing probable cause “warranting the filing of information for violation of Section 261 of the Omnibus Election Code as amended by RA 7166 in relation to Comelec Resolution 8714 (Gun Ban) and illegal possession of firearms (for carrying the gun outside the residence without permit to carry)” on Miranda.

    Dated March 1, the resolution signed by OIC prosecutor Otto Macabulos also recommended a bail of P200,000 for the gun ban violation, and P80,000 for the illegal possession charges.
    Macabulos also directed the police to keep Miranda in their custody “until and after a commitment order has been issued by the court.”    


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