Tanod surrenders firearm to Capitol

A 45-year old construction worker is now at peace after surrendering his 9mm KG-9 automatic pistol to Capitol officials yesterday, Sept. 25.

“Surrender na ko aron wa na koy pagalingion kung maglakaw na ko,” said Manuel Roble Valejo from Barangay Quisol in Danao City, northern Cebu.

Valejo, a barangay tanod in Quisol, surrendered to Gov. Hilario P. Davide III through the security chief Bobby Legaspi with Provincial Administrator Mark Tolentino.

He said his family, especially his wife and three working children, wanted to live in peace and refused to have an unlicensed gun in their house.

Valejo shared when he goes out, he leaves the gun behind but out of fear, his family wants it to be taken outside.

He has seven children, the eldest is 22 years old and the youngest is three.

Public Safety Company team leader PO3 Robert Saromines, who also came, said the home-made gun’s going price is P15,000. He agreed that the model is expensive that time as there were only few manufacturers then.

Valejo said he bought it for P45,000 when he was still 15 years old in 1987, and a member of New People’s Army (NPA).

He left the group in 1990 and became a barangay tanod.

He chose to surrender in Capitol as it is the head office of all local government units in Cebu and he has worked in Barangay Capitol Site in Cebu City for 16 years.

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