By EDWIN IYO
GINGOOG City — One of the guns seized from two men associated with Mayor Marie Guingona turned out to belong to a military officer.
Police on Monday said the gun, a caliber .45 pistol, belonged to an Army lieutenant assigned at the 58th Infantry Battalion.
The gun was among the firearms seized by the police when they raided two houses in Barangay 25, this city, on Wednesday.
Members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group arrested two suspects identified as Ireneo Gamayon and Alexander Inoc, both 42, of Purok 5 in Barangay 25, Gingoog.
Lt. Col. Elias Hampac, Gingoog police director, said Gamayon and Inoc were working under Mayor Guingona either as security aides or staff members.
Hampac said investigators traced the pistol seized from Inoc to the lieutenant.
He confirmed that the firearm seized fron Inoc belonged to an Army soldier but he declined to identify the junior officer, explaining that a police investigation is still ongoing.
The soldier’s gun with bullets were found in a box. It bears Serial No. RIA2072412, an information that allowed the police to trace its owner.
The pistol is among four guns, including a shotgun and bullets, that were seized during the raids on the houses of Gamayon and Inoc.
Found in Gamayon’s house were two caliber .45 pistols, a shotgun, four caliber .45 magazines, 28 bullets, and a black sling bag.
Inside Inoc’s house was the soldier’s caliber .45 pistol, two caliber .45 magazines, 21 bullets, eight caliber .38 revolver bullets, and a black sling bag.
The raids were carried out based on a March 19 search warrant issued by Judge Mirabeaus Undalok of Regional Trial Court Branch 43.
Hampac said the two suspects are facing criminal charges for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, and for violation of the election gun ban.