Comelec employee in Samar arrested after firing gun

By Geron Ponferrada, ABS-CBN News Tacloban

Posted at Feb 09 2013 10:49 AM | Updated as of Feb 09 2013 06:49 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- An employee of the Samar Provincial Commission on Elections (Comelec) Office was arrested Wednesday after firing his gun, authorities said.

The suspect was identified as 43-year-old Pedro Sugalan, a utility worker of the Comelec office in Samar.

Supt. Avelino Doncillo, chief of Catbalogan Police, said his office received a report that Sugalan pointed his gun upward and fired two shots outside the Comelec office at around 11:20 p.m.

Investigation showed that the suspect was drunk when the incident happened.

It was also learned that Sugalan is a younger brother of Atty. Corazon Montallana, the Samar provincial elections supervisor.

Recovered from the scene were two slugs from a .25-caliber pistol and six live ammunition.

Charges for illegal possession of firearms were filed against Sugalan.