Mayoral bet nabbed for poking gun at rival's supporter

  • Philippines asks airline passengers to check for MERS

    Philippines asks airline passengers to check for MERS

    AFP News
    Philippines asks airline passengers to check for MERS

    The Philippines on Thursday asked more than 400 passengers who shared an airline flight with a man infected with the MERS virus to check in with the health department immediately. …

  • Philippines quarantines man over MERS fears

    Philippines quarantines man over MERS fears

    AFP News
    Philippines quarantines man over MERS fears

    Philippine health authorities said Wednesday they have quarantined a Filipino who arrived from the Middle East because he tested positive for the deadly MERS virus. The man, who arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday, is not yet showing symptoms but has been isolated in hospital, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said. The Health Department is also quarantining the man's family and tracing the people who had contact with him during his flight to see if they may also be infected with the MERS or …

  • Philippine leader apologises over 'world's worst airport'

    Philippine leader apologises over 'world's worst airport'

    AFP News
    Philippine leader apologises over 'world's worst airport'

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino publicly apologised on Wednesday for failures in air conditioning at Manila airport, already named by an online travel guide as the world's worst. The fresh debacle at Terminal 1, used by foreign airlines, came as millions of Filipinos begin travelling for the Easter holidays during one of the hottest months of the year. The transportation ministry also issued a separate public apology Wednesday, on the eve of four-day Easter holidays in the Catholic …

  • Man said to be homesick for prison gets 3½ years

    Man said to be homesick for prison gets 3½ years

    Man said to be homesick for prison gets 3½ years

    CHICAGO (AP) — An ex-con who spent most of his adult life behind bars on Thursday got what he said he wanted for robbing a suburban Chicago bank. The 74-year-old gets to go back to the place he called home — prison. …

  • Police: Student ate more pot than recommended

    Associated Press

    DENVER (AP) — A Wyoming college student who jumped to his death at a Denver hotel had eaten more of a marijuana cookie than was recommended by a seller, police records show — a finding that comes amid increased concern about the strength of popular pot edibles after Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. …

Police nabbed a local candidate in Isabela for poking a gun at his rival's supporter, as the number of persons arrested over election gun ban violations rise to about 3,000.

Sta. Maria Vice Mayor Gilbert Masigan, who is now running for mayor in the Isabela town, was disarmed and arrested by local police during a house-to-house campaign Friday.

This, after he had been seen pulling out a gun during a heated argument with Jerry Maquinad, who was campaigning for incumbent Mayor Omar Masigan.

Gilbert Masigan reportedly confronted Maquinad's group for playing loud campaign music for his rival, which he said overpowered his voice.

Aside from the .45-caliber pistol he used to threaten Maquinad, Masigan also carried with him two magazines loaded with 13 live bullets, the police report said.

Masigan will be charged with illegal possession of firearms and for violation the nationwide ban on firearms during the election period.

In a separate statement, the Philippine National Police said a total of 2,971 persons have ben arrested for violating the nationwide gun ban as of Monday.

A total of 2,908 firearms have been confiscated since the ban took effect Jan. 14, while bulk of the arrests made among civilians (2,739 persons).

Also arrested were 128 security guards, 40 members of the PNP, 36 government officials and 20 members of the Armed Forces, among others.

The latest cases involved nine employees of the Rizal Provincial Jail who had been caught driving a van loaded with firearms Sunday.

Three .45-calibre pistols, two .38-calibre revolvers, two fan knives, ammunition and other paraphernalia have been confiscated, a police report said.

"[T]hey failed to show any pertinent documents to carry/bear/transport the firearms," police said further.

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

Poll Choice Options