Arrested Calinog mayoral bet released after posting bail

Sangguniang Bayan member Francisco Calvo of Calinog, Iloilo signs the search warrant that policemen served him at his house in Barangay Libot, Calinog late Monday night, Feb. 4, 2019. Policemen found licensed and unlicensed firearms. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CALINOG POLICE STATION

ILOILO – The Calinog town councilor running for mayor who was arrested after the police recovered two unlicensed guns from his house had been released from detention.

On Wednesday around 10:30 p.m. the 48-year-old Francisco Calvo was set free from the Calinog police station after posting bail (P100,000), according to Chief Inspector Jose Nemias Pamplona, municipal police chief.

The bail bond was posted at the Regional Trial Court – Branch 31 under Judge Gemalyn Faunillo-Tarol hours after Calvo was charged with violation of Republic Act 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act) at the Iloilo Provincial Prosecutor’s Office.

Operatives of the Calinog police station and Provincial Special Operations Group of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO), armed with a search warrant, raided Calvo’s house in Barangay Libot, Calinog on Monday around 11:30 p.m.

They found the following: .45 pistol and M16 armalite rifle (both had licenses), a .22 revolver and .25 auto pistol (both with no licenses), and assorted bullets.

The .22 revolver and .25 auto pistol were defective, according to Pamplona.

Reports reached the IPPO and Calinog police station that bursts of gunfire were often heard from Calvo’s house, according to Senior Superintendent Marlon Tayaba, police provincial director./PN


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