A resident of Escalante City in Negros Occidental has been sentenced to three years maximum imprisonment for carrying a gun a day after the May 14, 2007 synchronized national and local elections.
San Carlos City Regional Trial Court, Branch 59 Judge Kathrine Go found Ronald Merjamin, guilty beyond reasonable doubt of violation of Batas Pambansa 881, in relation to Republic Act 7166, and the Commission on Elections gun ban, a copy of the decision furnished to the DAILY STAR, showed.
Merjamin was also disqualified from availing of probation benefits, the right to hold public office, and to vote.
Merjamin was accused of carrying an Ingram Assault .9mm rifle with a magazine loaded with three live bullets on May 15, 2007 outside his residence in Barangay Paitan, Escalante, without written authority issued by the Comelec. A .357 caliber revolver was also recovered from him when he was frisked, court records showed.
Meanwhile, the firearms and several ammunition recovered from Merjamin were ordered forfeited in favor of the government, the judge said.*SGG
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