2 revelers hit by stray bullets, 2 arrested for indiscriminate firing


LINGAYEN—The peace and order situation in Pangasinan was generally peaceful notwithstanding reports of two persons hit separately by stray bullets and two arrested for indiscriminate firing of guns during revelry welcoming the New Year.

This was the assessment of P/Sr. Superintendent Wilson Lopez, PNP provincial director.

He said the number of firecracker-related incidents this year were lower compared to last year.

In San Carlos city, Rodolfo de Guzman, 63, of Barangay Turac, San Carlos City was hit on the shoulder by a stray bullet at past midnight on January 1 while he was lighting a pyrotechnic in front of their house.

He was rushed by relatives to the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital in Barangay Bolingit, San Carlos City for treatment.

In Basista town, Jose Baniqued, 29, of  Barangay Mapolopolo was brought to the PPH on January 1 after he was hit in the thigh by a stray bullet.

Baniqued told the Basista Police he was driving his motorcycle at about 11:45 p.m. on December 31 in Barangay Mapolopolo, Basista when he felt something that hit his right thigh but because of drunkenness, he ignored it.

He became concerned when he got home because his thigh was bleeding and rushed to the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital for treatment.

P/Superintendent Ferdinand de Asis, chief of police of San Carlos City, said based on slug recovered from De Guzman they will check among registered gun owners from San Carlos City and from adjacent Basista town who fired the firearm whose bullet hit De Guzman.

No slug, however, was found on Baniqued since the slug hit through his thigh.

When the  Basista Police coordinated with the San Carlos City police, both suspect the source of came from the same source since Turac, San Carlos City and Mapolopolo, Basista, are  adjacent to  each other.

Meanwhile, two men, one from Dagupan City and another from San Nicolas, were arrested by the police when they fired their firearms indiscriminately in separate incidents on New Year’s Day.

Arrested in Dagupan City at 12:30 p.m. on January 1 was Mac John Siapno, 37, a businessman, of Barangay Malued.

He was in a drinking session with four friends when he brought out a hand gun, a Taurus Caliber 45 pistol and fired it several times.

A text message from a concerned citizen led to his arrest by the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team led by Inspector Roland Recoco. Siapno is now facing a case for violation of Republic Act 10591.

In San Nicolas, Armando Ancheta, 41, a drunk security guard on vacation fired his service firearm indiscriminately while on a drinking spree with friends at about 3:30 p.m. on December 31 in Barangay San Roque.

A phone call to the police station led to his arrest but not after Ancheta tried to run away to evade arrest.

Seized from Ancheta was on Armscor pistol owned by the Great Star Security Agency based in Makati City. He was likewise charged with violation of RA 10591. (Leonardo Micua/Nora Dominguez)

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