By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Police arrested the country’s first Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban violator this year, early Saturday evening, along Lopez Jaena Street in Barangay Zone 4, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.
Police identified the suspect as 33-year-old Jonathan Sison, a former security guard and resident of Hacienda Cornel 2 in the city’s Barangay Cabahug.
Cadiz City police chief, Police Chief Inspector Rocky Desear, said their station was conducting a routine patrol as part of “Oplan Bakal Sita” when they noticed Sison wearing a Philippine National Police (PNP) athletic uniform, while drinking at a local KTV bar.
Desear said the suspect’s PNP-issued clothes and long hair immediately raised suspicions, prompting them to question the suspect.
The police chief pointed out Sison was unable to show any identification to prove he was a police officer and, upon frisking the suspect, they discovered he was carrying a .357 caliber magnum with five live units of ammunition, resulting in his arrest.
Desear added, aside from violating the Comelec gun ban, Sison could also face illegal possession of firearms charges, as well as charges in violation of Article 179 of the Revised Penal Code for the unauthorized usage of uniforms and insignia.
Sison is currently detained at the Cadiz City Police Station./DGB, WDJ