Vol. XX No. 40

December 13, 2000

Virac, Catanduanes


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Hot gun seized from guv's aide

Policemen confiscated an unlicensed gun from a bodyguard of Governor Hector S. Sanchez last week while the man was inside a videoke bar in downtown Virac.

Chief Insp. Loreto T. Tablizo, Jr., intelligence chief of the Catanduanes PNP provincial office at Camp Francisco Camacho, was with a certain Francis Vasquez when they found the nickel-plated, US-made Smith & Wesson Special Cal. 38, with five live bullets, on Ulrico Bernardo y Sabeniano, 52, married and a resident of Pandan.

The report said the governor's security aide, allegedly a former Army man, could not pertinent papers when confronted by the cops at Hang-O-Beer Videoke near the Virac fountain at 10:30 P.M. of December 8. It added that Bernardo's breath smelled of alcohol.

The hot gun, with serial number 5007694, was turned over to PNP provincial director Rolando O. Gonzales.

The deadly weapon seized from Bernardo was one of five guns recovered by the Philippine National Police last week in its renewed campaign against unlicensed firearms.

Last November 30, barangay captain Amador Fernandez of Poblacion, Panganiban, surrendered an unlicensed Cal. 38 revolver with no serial number to Col. Gonzales. On the same day at 1 P.M., a certain Diosdado Tanael of Eastern Poblacion turned over to Baras police an unlicensed Sandakan Cal. 22 revolver with no serial number.

The following morning, December 1, a concerned citizen who requested anonimity surrendered a similarly unlicensed Cal. 38 with no serial number to SPO2 Virgilio Molina in the capital town. Four days later on Dec. 5, another citizen in Bato gave up a snubnosed Cal. 38 revolver with no serial number to the town's chief of police.






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