Barangay chairman nabbed in Laguna gun buy-bust

By Jun Talusan

CAMP VICENTE LIM, Calamba, Laguna – A village chief on Saturday was arrested in a gun buy-bust operation in Nagcarlan, Laguna.

Nabbed was Renato Acosta, 61, barangay chairman of Bgy. Wakat in Nagcarlan.

Policemen led by the CIDG Batangas Provincial Field Unit, with the help of the CIDG Laguna PFU, and the Nagcarlan police, arrested Acosta while in the act of selling a KG semi-automatic rifle to a poseur inside the barangay hall of Bgy. Wakat at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Prior to the arrest, Acosta transacted to sell loose firearms via texts and calls to prospective clients.

Confiscated from the suspect were two cal. 45 guns with magazines, holster and ammunition. 

Acosta and the seized evidence were brought to the CIDG Batangas PFU office for documentation and proper disposition.

The arrested suspect will be charged with violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.