Airport security guard arrested for bringing gun into MRT station

The gun confiscated from the security guard. Photo: Department of Transport’s Twitter account

A security guard working for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) was arrested today when it was discovered that she was carrying a gun and several ammunitions inside her bag when she went into an MRT station.

According to a tweet by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) MRT-3, the airport security guard’s name is Emelyn Batocabe Zapra, who was discovered earlier this morning carrying a 9mm pistol and eight live bullets inside her bag.

Zapra was arrested at the MRT-3’s Taft stationThe Philippine Inquirer reported.

A report from radio station DZMM said that the gun was discovered when Zapra’s bag went through the station’s X-ray inspection. The pistol happens to be her service firearm, and she allegedly failed to provide documentation proving that she was exempted from the election gun ban.

The Commission on Election’s gun ban started on Jan. 13 and will end on June 12. It’s prohibited for anyone to bring firearms but qualified people can apply for exemptions.

Zapra is now in the custody of the police and will be charged with illegal possession of firearms and for violating the gun ban, Radyo Inquirer reported.


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