Police starts crackdown on barangay tanods with guns

THE CITY POLICE is cracking down on village watchmen who are possessing unlicensed firearms.

“Yes, we’ll start operating on these barangay tanods who carry unlicensed firearms,” Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum, Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director, told TIMES yesterday.

 This as a barangay tanod was arrested for allegedly threatening a businessman using an unlicensed gun in Legaspi Street at 4:05 a.m. on Jan. 1.

 Police identified the suspect as Marlon Alapa Angnie, 34, a native of Marawi City who is residing at Purok 7, Magallanes Street, Barangay 2-A, Poblacion District.

 According to the report, Angnie reportedly engaged Romeo Surbito Jr., 34, a resident of C.M. Recto, in a spat.

 During the quarrel, Angnie allegedly grabbed his sling bag and showed a caliber .45 pistol.

 This frightened Surbito who then sought police assistance.

 San Pedro police officers later arrested Angnie.

 Recovered from Angnie was a .45 caliber pistol, bearing serial number 71687, with seven live ammunitions. The barangay tanod reportedly failed to present document to prove he is authorized to carry the gun.

 Police also seized a motorcycle from Angnie.

 The suspect is now under the custody of San Pedro Police Precinct pending the filing of appropriate charges.

 Recently, Director General Ronald Dela Rosa of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has ordered all chiefs of police to arrest barangay tanods who are carrying firearms while conducting their duty following the deadly shooting incident in Mandaluyong city last Dec. 28.

 Dela Rosa said only tanods with permit to carry firearms outside the residence (PTCFOR) would be spared from the arrest.

 The Mandaluyong incident left two persons killed and two others wounded when a group of barangay tanods gunned down a car they suspected to be carrying a gunman. Responding police officers joined in the tanods in peppering the car with bullets. However, it turned out that the car was actually rushing a shoot-out victim to the hospital.

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