By Jennifer P. Rendon
A farmer was arrested after he tried to enter the courthouse in Mambusao, Capiz while armed with a handgun.
Jereil Olog, 23, of Barangay Maliao, Tapaz town was supposed to attend his cousin’s court hearing at the Mambusao Hall of Justice in Bonifacio Street, Barangay Poblacion Proper, when he was arrested around 8:41 a.m. on September 19.
As he made his way to the courtroom, security guard PJay Ogbac searched his sling bag.
It was found out that he was carrying a caliber .45 pistol (serial number 677121) with two magazines and 12 live ammunition.
Staff Sergeant Ivan Camacho, Mambusao police investigator, said Olog’s cousin was accused of murder.
Olog was also accused of the same case in 2021 but he was able to settle the case with the complainant.
When asked by police investigators, Olog admitted that he knew about the existing Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban.
“But he argued that he didn’t do anything wrong,” Camacho said.
Olog argued that the gun was for self-defense.
He is now detained and will be charged with violation of Republic Act 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act) and Comelec Resolution No. 10918, which prohibits the bearing, carrying, or transporting firearms and other deadly weapons outside residence.