DOJ summons Masbate town mayor, dad over illegal firearms complaints

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 25 2019 05:35 PM

MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has summoned Batuan, Masbate Mayor Charmax Jan Yuson and his father, Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson III, to explain their involvement in the illegal possession of firearms and explosives complaints filed against them.

In subpoenas dated February 19, 2019, the DOJ panel led by Assistant State Prosecutor Josie Christina Dugay gave the Yusons until March 1 and 12, 2019 to submit their counter-affidavits, supporting documents and affidavits of their witnesses.

The DOJ is conducting a probe into the illegal possession of firearms and explosives complaints filed by the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Masbate against the two, following the recovery of high-powered rifles, pistols and grenades on February 13 from the house and resort of the Yusons during a search of the premises.

The Yusons are accused of maintaining a private armed group.

But the two were not in the premises during the raid.

The DOJ warned the Yusons that their failure to comply with the subpoena shall be considered a waiver of the right to present their defense during the preliminary investigation.

Illegal possession of firearms and explosives under Republic Act No. 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act carries a penalty ranging from 8 to 40 years imprisonment, depending on the type and number of weapons involved.