3 Persons Attempt to Retrieve Pawned Firearm of Cop Nabbed
Three persons who attempted to retrieve the pawned firearm of a Sipalay City policeman to a drug personality arrested by Hinobaan PNP on July 28 were arrested Thursday morning.
Police Senior Inspector Robert Indiape, Hinobaan PNP identified them as Ming Pantajo, 22 years old, and Ricky Berdin, 21 years old-all of Barangay 3, Sipalay City; and Vincent Rafols, 37 years old of Barangay Mambaroto, Sipalay City.
The three were seen 9:00pm Wednesday with their tricycle parked at a waiting shed near the police station suspiciously.
Police operatives came to ask them but they scampered and hurriedly left the place.
Indiape learned later that the three were trying to retrieve the M14 firearm issued to Police Officer 1 Edmar Bagarso assigned at Sipalay City PNP and pawned to drug personality Rene Constancio Recomono, legal age of Southville, Hinobaan, Negros Occidental.
The three came back but police operatives have already alerted Indiape who ordered his men to chase them. They were later seen parking in Purok 4, Barangay 1, Hinobaan resulting to their arrest.
Police saw a sling bag owned by Pantajo in the tricycle and discovered one Colt .45 pistol and a hand grenade.
They were brought back to Hinobaan PNP station and detained.
Recomono was arrested about 3:15pm July 28 and confiscated from him one .38 caliber firearm after he was tipped off by Michelle Mendoza, 45 of Bacolod City their source of shabu.
Mendoza, on the other hand, was arrested with her live-in partner Ronald Lachica, 35 who were arrested in a checkpoint at Barangay Canturay, Sipalay City about 2pm on July 28 in a rented car. Police conducted follow up operation and arrested Recomono.
Superintendent Luisito Acebuche, Sipalay City PNP chief said he issued a memorandum to Bargaso to explain why he pawned the firearm owned by the government and to a drug personality.
Acebuche learned that Bargaso pawned the firearm to support the medication and dialysis of his father aside from being a family man.*