TACLOBAN CITY– A man was arrested at a checkpoint in Allen town, Northern Samar on Wednesday (March 8) seizing with him a firearm and some ammunition.

Mark Jude Beato Balleras, 52, and a resident of Barangay Tinambacan Sur, Calbayog City was discovered to have in his possession a Caliber 45 with four magazines, and 46 ammunitions.

The discovery of a firearm from the suspect came about after Remegio Fajardo, who is from Calamba, Laguna, complained to personnel assigned at a checkpoint in Brgy. Jubasan, Allen town.

Fajardo said that while he was traversing along Brgy. Salvacion, San Isidro, also in Northern Samar, the vehicle driven by the suspect overtook him and pointed his firearm against him.

This prompted Fajardo to report the incident to the police personnel detailed at the checkpoint in Jubasan. In turn, the police flagged down Balleras where the firearm and ammunition were discovered in his possession.

Balleras is now detained at the Allen municipal police station.
B/Gen. Rommel Francisco Marbil, the police regional director, said that the arrest of the suspect is a testament that the Task Force Maharlika he put up is working.

The said task force was put in place by Marbil to secure the Maharlika Highway from Allen, Northern Samar to San Ricardo, Southern Leyte, and deter the occurrence of a crime.

“The incident is now under investigation. We assure the public that we will be just and fair. Also, I’m calling the attention of everybody, especially those who have criminal intent that you will not succeed so long TF Maharlika is on guard,” he said in a statement.