Fifteen minutes into the election gun ban period, a man apprehended for urinating in public in Pasay City became the ban’s first arrested violator after police found an MK2 fragmentation grenade inside his pants.

Bernato Daria alias Tangoy, a member of the “BCJ” gang, was apprehended around 12:15 a.m. at the corner of EDSA and M. Dela Cruz st., National Capital Region Police Office chief Dir. Leonardo Espina said.

Roving members of the Pasay City Police Community Precinct 7 arrested Daria after he was seen urinating in full view of the public, a violation of City Ordinance No. 1572, Espina said.

When frisked by policemen, a live MK2 fragmentation grenade was found inside Daria’s pants, prompting the lawmen to also arrest the latter for violating the Omnibus Election Code, the NCRPO chief said.

The police and military, under the supervision of the Commission on Elections, started implementing the gun ban 12 a.m. Sunday. (John Roson)

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