A police-issued 9-mm Glock handgun was found in the possession of a drug dealer in Davao this week.
Police officer Eduard Tumol will have to answer to the city after the gun was recovered from a drug suspect who was caught in a buy-bust sting operation in the city Tuesday.
The gun was confiscated from Ariel dela Victoria during the sting, along with 80,000 pesos worth of shabu. The gun is said to be a standard issue PNP officer’s handgun.
When questioned Tumol admitted he had pawned the firearm due to the medical needs of his wife – but drug suspect Dela Victoria had a different story to tell.
Victoria said officer Tumol sold the gun to him personally in February because he was in need of 20,000 pesos for his children’s tuition fees.
Authorities are also investigating the possibility that officer Tumol swapped the gun for drugs. When tested, Tumol came out negative for illegal drug use.
Local authorities said they will prepare the filing of administrative and criminal charges against Tumol.
Tumol has been in the news before in the Davao area – in November 2008, he was abducted and declared a prisoner of war (POW) by the communist New People’s Army.