ORMOC CITY-Operatives of the Maasin City Police Station recovered one .38 caliber revolver and four sachets containing white crystalline substances suspected to be shabu from the suspect.

Maasin City police chief Lt. Col Jason Balbarona identified the suspect as Joel Sibi Costillas, 45, jobless, separated, and a resident of Doña Remedios Subdivision, Purok Mangga, Barangay Panan-awan in the said city.

The police, in their report to the regional headquarters of the Philippine National Police (PNP), stated that they received a call from a concerned citizen informing about a male person, armed with an unknown type of firearm visible from his waistline, roaming around the subdivision.

The local police immediately arrested the suspect after he failed to present any document that allows him to carry a firearm outside his residence. A body search was conducted in the presence of village officials which resulted in the confiscation from the suspect’s possession money, and small sachets containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu.

The suspect was brought to Maasin city police station for documentation and proper disposition wherein charges of violations of RA 10591, the Comprehensive Law against Illegal Possession of Firearms, Ammunitions and Explosives and RA 9165, the Comprehensive Law against Illegal Drugs of 2002, were being readied by the arresting police against the suspect who is temporarily detained at the city police locked-up cell. (ROBERT DEJON)