BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
A retired soldier of the Philippine Army was arrested by the police on January 1, allegedly for illegal discharge of firearms, at Purok Cory in Brgy. Tabu, Ilog, Negros Occidental.
Arrested by the Ilog police was Rubin Vidal, a 45-year-old former member of the Philippine Army.
The apprehension of Vidal yielded a Springfield Armory .45 caliber pistol with three magazines and nine live ammunition.
Initial investigations conducted by the Ilog police showed that the wife of the arrested ex-Army soldier sought the assistance of a town councilor, as her husband was creating alarm and scandal, who fired his gun twice.
This prompted the councilor, who was not identified by the Ilog police, accompanied by tanod members of Brgy. Tabu, Ilog, to endorse him to the arriving policemen, including the gun.
Prior to his arrest, Vidal was reported by police to have been engaged in heated arguments with his wife that prompted him to fire his gun.
Ilog police probers are now verifying if the firearm of Vidal covered with a gun license.
The next day, policemen also arrested Danilo Padayogdod in Hacienda Fortuna, Brgy. Bulwangan, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, allegedly for indiscriminate firing as well.
The arrest of Padayogdog, 50, who was caught in the act by policemen, in possession of a .38 caliber revolver with five live ammunition.
The police also recovered 20 assorted ammunition for .357 and .38 caliber revolvers, a fired cartridge and a black sling bag from the possession of Padayogdog.*