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Retired soldier arrested for indiscriminate firing

January 4, 2022

A retired soldier was arrested after he allegedly discharged his firearm on the evening of New Year’s Day, Saturday at Purok Cory, Barangay Tabu, Ilog.

Police identified the retired Philippine Army man as 45-year-old Rubin Vidal, a resident of the place.

Ilog municipal police chief, P/Capt. Thurslie Castillo, said that at around 9 p.m. of January 1, Vidal’s wife called town Councilor Leo Premucha and told him that her husband was acting unruly and allegedly discharged his firearm several times.

Premucha arrested Vidal on the spot, after which Vidal was brought to the Ilog Municipal Police Station.

Castillo said prior to being arrested Vidal also got into a heated argument with his wife, which triggered him to discharge his firearm.

Police recovered a .45 caliber pistol, along with several bullets.

Castillo added they are now conducting a validation to see if Vidal’s .45 caliber pistol was registered, and the suspect had also underwent paraffin test.

Vidal could face charges related to RA 10591 or the comprehensive law on firearms and ammunition.

Police are also waiting if Premucha will also press charges of resisting arrest as Vidal also allegedly resisted when he was being arrested.* (DGB)

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