Abra mayor arrested for guns; private army leader falls

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BAGUIO CITY–A town mayor of Abra was arrested early Sunday after policemen found firearms in his vehicle in the capital town of Bangued.

Reports from the Cordillera police said the vehicle carrying Luba Mayor Marcelo Biscarra Sr. and three other persons was stopped at a checkpoint at 12:05 a.m. along the Abra-Kalinga Road.

As policemen were inspecting the mayor’s black Mitsubishi Pajero, they discovered an M16 rifle, a 9mm pistol and bullets in the vehicle.

Biscarra and his companions Federico Balboa, Mario Ambrosio and Joel Thomas were arrested for violating the election gun ban.

Biscarra, however, was later taken to a hospital when he complained of chest pains, police said.

In a separate police operation also on Sunday morning, police arrested a suspected leader of a private armed group, which is believed to be offering its services to Abra’s political families.

Tandingan Guayen, 41, is the subject of several warrants of arrest for murder and a robbery case, police said. Vincent Cabreza, Inquirer Northern Luzon

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  • axe musk

    Election related violence can be eliminated if only the Police and Military were serious in their jobs….. They can do it! Good luck to these Police and Military personnel doing their jobs…

  • $14334231

    siguradong may mamamatay pa rin na pulitiko o bataan ng pulitiko dahil marami pa rin ang may mga private armies……it’s always been like this and it will never change because of greed and power-hungry of these politicians

  • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

    Pag ang politico di makalabas mag-isa para pumunta sa tao, wag iboto yan.

  • wildUbuntu

    Ayan na naman tayo sa chest pains at wheelchair! hahahahahaha

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Only da Philippines, the best way to destroy hope and ruin a country.

    What a pity for such beautiful places and peoples, it’s a malediction !

  • pedro asintado

    Very good job PNP ! I am happy that the PNP is now arresting these warlords and gun ban violators. .

  • DarkM

    Aba, bakit ba biglang nagkakasakit ang mga hinayupak na ito kapag nahuhuli.

  • DarkM

    Aba, bakit ba biglang nagkakasakit ang mga hinayupak na ito kapag nahuhuli

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