A Bacolod policeman was apprehended by his colleagues at the city’s Public Plaza at about 4 a.m. Saturday for violation of the MassKara festival gun ban.
Police Officer 1 Roldan Villa, of Brgy. 16, Bacolod and assigned at the Community Police Precinct at the City’s Government Center is now in the custody of Police Station 1, and charges will be filed against him today, Station commander, Chief Insp. Adonis Rosales said.
Raymund Bayer, 30, of Brgy. Banago, Bacolod told the police that he and his four companions, whose names he did not disclose, were coming out from a urinal at the public plaza when an unidentified man hit him on his back.
Bayer said that he and his companions fled and sought police help when they saw that the man was trying to get a gun from his belt bag.
Rosales said that when Bayer and his companion reported the incident to them, he ordered his men to look for the alleged armed man but failed to find him. Bayer and companions returned to the precinct minutes later and told them that the man they were complaining about was at a kiosk at the public plaza, he said.
Rosales sent his men to the kiosk and arrest the armed man whom they later identified as Villa from whom they seized a .45 caliber pistol with seven bullets in its magazine.
Villa, meanwhile, told the DAILY STAR that he only pacified Bayer and his companions because they were unruly and were banging at the door of the urinal.
He also admitted having a gun but denied showing it to Bayer and his companions.
City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz said that aside from an illegal gun possession case, Villa will also be charged administratively because, as a policeman, he should have been the one enforcing the law, and not defying it.
De la Paz said Villa had been demoted to PO1 from PO2 because of the administrative charges filed against him by his former commander, Chief Insp. Luisito Acebuche when they were then both assigned at Police Station 1 in 2010.
Both De la Paz and Rosales reiterated their call to MassKara revelers not to bring guns or bladed weapons because they will spare no one, not even men in uniform.*APN