Sacked crime lab chief: Neg Occ sheriffs ‘forcibly’ seized 76 firearms

BACOLOD CITY, June 2 (PNA) — Chief Insp. Ramonit Javier, the sacked chief of the Crime Laboratory and Scene of the Crime Office, filed a police blotter against the two sheriffs who “forcibly” took the firearms previously seized from the house of Pulupandan mayor in Negros Occidental.

In his complaint filed before Bacolod City Police Station 4, Javier alleged that Sheriffs Gabriel Ramos and Jose Rene Vasquez forcibly opened the evidence room by breaking the three padlocks using cutters and other tools despite their plea to wait for the evidence custodian.

The sheriffs then took 76 firearms and the corresponding ammunition, magazines and accessories subject to the writ of replevin issued by Regional Trial Court Judge Fernando Elumba of Bacolod City.

The civil case for replevin with damages was filed on May 27 by Pulupandan mayor-elect Miguel Peña, Golden Lake Mineral Resources Inc., JHMA Marin Holdings Inc., and Kentfield Corp., of which he is the president and chairman of the board, and Vegas Exploration and Mining Corp., represented by its president, Federico Infante Jr.

The firearms will remain in the custody of the court for five days after recovery by the sheriff as required by the Rules of Court, after which, they will be released to their owners, if no other claims are made. (PNA)



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