ZAMBALES, Philippines – Police on Tuesday, October 22, arrested a former mayor of San Antonio for alleged illegal possession of firearms.
Police went to the house of former mayor Romeo Lonzanida, 85, in Barangay Burgos in San Antonio at 3 am to serve a search warrant, which yielded unregistered firearms and ammunition.
Seized from Lonzanida's possession were M14 rifle with magazine and ammunition and a 5.56-caliber Colt AR-15.
Captain Marvin Domacena, San Antonio police chief, said the operation was led by the personnel of the Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group.
Authorities later learned that Lonzanida had outstanding arrest warrants for a graft conviction.
In 2003, the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan found Lonzanida guilty of falsification of public documents. The Supreme Court affirmed his conviction with finality in 2010. – Rappler.com