PNP chief cancels Peña’s gun licenses in Negros Occidental

BACOLOD CITY, June 5 (PNA)–Philippine National Police chief Director General Alan Purisima has ordered the cancellation of the licenses issued to outgoing Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Peña and to four companies his family owned.

Returning Provincial Police Director Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan confirmed Purisima’s order on Wednesday. He also disclosed that Purisima ordered to exhaust all means to ensure that 90 seized firearms should be returned to their custody.

If there will be attempts to take the firearms out of the compound of the Hall of Justice in the metro, Lirazan said the persons involved will be arrested for violating the gun ban.

Meanwhile, Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Maranon Jr. welcomed the decision of the Purisima. “I am happy that Philippine National Police (PNP) finally took action,” he said.

“No person has a right to have a large number of firearms in his possession,” he added.

Since Tuesday night police authorities have intensified the security of Hall of Justice (HOJ) compound after the writ of replevin expired.

Units from the Bacolod City Police Office Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) reinforced the existing presence of the PNP Special Action Force and personnel from the Negros Occidental Police Office (NOPPO) detailed at the vicinity.

The police put up barricades at the vicinity of the HOJ and closed the Cottage Road at the side of the compound and stationed fully- armed personnel.

When reached for comments, Roger Reyes, counsel for Peña said that he has not yet received any information or copy of the cancellation.

Reyes reiterated that his clients will file multiple charges and a P60 million damage suit against Senior Supt. Jose Mario Espino, chief of the Anti-Organized Crime Division of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, for the raid on the Peña ancestral home in Pulupandan.

Reyes also said they will file indirect contempt charges against Espino on Thursday before Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 42 Judge Fernando Elumba for his attempt to obstruct the release of 76 of the firearms to a court sheriff last week.

Additional charges of robbery, grave coercion, arbitrary detention and damages will also be filed against Espino, he said.

However, Elumba went on leave Wednesday, according to his court staff. (PNA)


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