Soldier held for possession of grenade, gun PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 July 2011 17:22

An Army soldier was held by the police for possession of a grenade and a revolver contained in a backpack that was deposited at the security guard desk in Mindpro Mall last Thursday afternoon.
Corporal Rolando Dupal-ag y Ranches of the 18th Infantry Battalion based  Malagutay was held for questioning at the Central Police Station.
Seized from Dupal-ag were an MK2 fragmentation grenade and a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver, both stuffed in a black backpack .

Security guard Agnes Falcasantos called the PNP Bomb Squad around 12:40 report that she found Dupal-ag’s backpack containing a grenade.
“Ini-insist niya kasi iwan ang bag. Tinanong ko kasi siya kung meron siyang ‘bakal’, sabi niya marami(He insisted to leave the backpack at the guard desk. When asked if he has gun, he replied, plenty),” said the lady guard said in an interview,

“Sabi ko pa nga sa kanya yung firearms lang ang pwedeng iwan at hindi yung bag. Pero nagtuloy-tuloy siya at hindi din nag-iwan ng I.D. Nung chinek namin ang bag, meron pa lang grenade kaya ayun, tinawagan namin ang Bomb Squad at mga pulis at hinuli na siya,” Falcasantos narrated.

In a follow up operation, the police found out that the guard’s report was  positive.
In an interview, Insp. Joel Tuttuh, head of Investigation section, said that Dupal-ag claimed that the revolver and grenade are government properties, but then he can not present any document that would allow him to carry it outside military camp.

Tuttuh said Dupal-ag can be charged of violation of Republic Act 9516 amending Republic Act 8294 otherwise known as the law against Illegal possession of firearms, ammunition and explosive and alarming scandal.

Dupal-ag’s refused to be interviewed by newsmen. — Jeremiah Francisco and Fatima Malieha Sangkula/WMSU-OJT