La Union Village Councilor, 2 Others Nabbed For Guns, Bullets

CAMP DIEGO SILANG, La Union – A village councilor and two others were arrested for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition in separate raids conducted by the police in the towns of Sudipen and Bauang, and San Fernando City last Monday.

Chief Inspector Silverio Ordinado, Jr., La Union Police Information Officer, identified the councilman as Giovanni Sarmiento, 36, of Barangay Castro, in Sudipen. Seized from his house was a homemade cal .45 handgun, locally known as “paltik;” one empty magazine and several live ammunition.

The simultaneous operations were only among several preemptive moves of the local PNP to rid La Union of loose firearms, according to Ordinado, Jr.

The raiders implemented search warrant for violation of Republic Act 10591 (Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition) issued by Judge Ruben Corpuz of the Sudipen Municipal Trial Court.

In other operations, the police arrested Marcus Corpuz, 60, a businessman and resident of Barangay Paringao, Bauang town; and Jestoni Madriaga, 32, a tattoo artist and resident of Barangay Poro in San Fernando City.

The warrants were issued respectively by Judge Romeo Atillo Jr., of RTC Branch 31 in Agoo, and Judge Imelda Cosalan of MTCC Branch 1 in San Fernando City.

Seized from Corpuz were a shotgun, cal. 45 pistol, assorted ammunition and magazine. Confiscated from Madriaga were three live bullets and cal. 38 revolver.

All the confiscated firearms were brought to the PNP Crime Laboratory in PRO1 for forensic examinations.

The suspects are now in police custody cells, while court charges against them are being prepared. Erwin Beleo/