BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Two local government employees in Negros Occidental and four others were arrested for illegal possession of firearms and suspected shabu, the police said yesterday.
Policemen arrested Edie Gumban, an employee of the municipal government of Toboso, who allegedly tried to shoot law enforcers during a brief chase in Sitio Aura, Brgy. San Jose, Toboso Thursday.
The apprehension of Gumban, 54, yielded a .45 caliber pistol with a magazine containing seven ammunition and an extra magazine with eight more ammunition, and a car.
Investigations of the Toboso police showed that the vehicle of Gumban, who was under the influence of liquor, was reported to have sideswiped a tricycle and injured its passenger.
One of the pursuing policemen, identified as P/SMSgt. Orlando Alob, shot the front tire of the vehicle of Gumban, who allegedly tried to shoot them.
Gumban is now detained at the Toboso police custodial facility.
An employee of the Victorias City government, identified by the police as Teodolfo Armada, and Joefrey Herrera, are also in jail, after they were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Brgy. 1, Victorias City, on Tuesday.
The arrest of Armada and Herrera yielded a gram of suspected shabu, with a market value of P6,800, P300 in marked money, three cellular phones, and P600 in cash.
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Policemen also arrested Jeco Presidente at a checkpoint in Brgy. 4, Victorias City, for illegal possession of a firearm. A .38 caliber revolver with five live ammunition, and 13 more bullets were recovered from Presidente, 43, who is a resident of the place.
Two other drug suspects were also apprehended by the police in buy-bust operations in Talisay and La Carlota, Negros Occidental, also on Thursday.
The apprehension of John Michael Virgo in a buy-bust operation in Brgy. 2, La Carlota City, yielded five sachets of suspected shabu, with a street market value of P1,686, P500 in marked money, and a cellular phone, police said.
The arrest of Rodel Junto in another buy-bust operation in Brgy. Zone 5, Talisay City, also yielded 2.5 grams of suspected shabu, worth P17,000, P500 in marked money, and P1,020 in cash believed to be proceeds from the sale of illegal drugs, a police report also said. Also arrested in a buy-bust operation at Crossing Luguay in Brgy. Balaring, Silay City, was Hazen Aspilla, 29, who yielded about five grams of suspected shabu, with a market value of P34,000, and its paraphernalia, and P2,000 in buy-bust money.*