Davao gun ban suffers big blow, court frees forester-violator

DAVAO CITY – The supposed intensified month-long implementation of the gun ban in Davao City suffered a big blow following the dismissal of a case filed against a forester who was arrested in a public terminal here.

City Prosecutor Raul Bendigo cited technicality to free Vince Estupito, forester II of the Department of Enviroment and Natural Resources (DENR) based in Lianga, Surigao del Sur, who was arrested at Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) in Ecoland on March 8 for gun possession.

Bendigo said that the arresting police officers of the Talomo police station failed to include a copy of the memorandum order issued by Philippine National Police chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome to declare a month-long gun ban in Davao City from March 1 to 31.

He also said that before implementing the said order, it should still first be published in local newspapers 15 days after its approval.

Estupito’s firearm, a .45 caliber pistol, is said to be licensed and has the permit to carry and letter order.

Supt. Dionisio Abude, chief of Talomo police station, said they already allowed Estupito to go home following his detention at their station.

Abude said Estupito arrived in Davao City on March 6, a day before the gun ban took effect, to attend a seminar.

“He was about to go home on Thursday when authorities assigned at the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal found him in possession of firearm that is why he was endorsed to the Talomo precinct,” Abude said. (ASA)


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