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Gun toting NBI operative in hot water

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• GILBERT P. BAYORAN

An intelligence officer of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is in hot water after she was caught by CCTV footage, showing off her firearm at a bar at 18th Lacson Street in Bacolod City.

Atty. Renoir Baldovino, NBI- Bacolod chief, has ordered Janna Marie Navales to surrender her firearm.

Baldovino said he also advised Navales to apologize to the owner of the restobar and the employee she had a confrontation with, after a review of the CCTV footage.

“I assure the public of no repetition of this kind of incident,” he stressed.

Navales and her friends had a drinking spree on November 24 that lasted until after midnight of the following day.

After her party left, Navales returned and called the attention of the victims, as she insisted that she left a jacket at the table they occupied.

Baldovino said it was shown in the CCTV footage that Navales left the resto bar carrying her jacket and cellphone.

The incident was captured by one of the establishment’s close circuit television cameras which showed Navales holding her firearm behind her, although she never pointed it at the victims.

Baldovino said that the investigation will be undertaken by the Internal Affairs Division of NBI so “that there will be no bias,” noting that Navales is assigned at the NBI Bacolod office.

While NBI personnel are exempted from the Comelec gun ban, which will end Nov. 29, he said there is no justification to carry a firearm in restobars, he stressed.*

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