DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Authorities arrested a pastor Monday morning, October 23, for allegedly carrying a firearm without legal papers.

Based on a police report here, Filmar Balngit Rodriguez, 36, was apprehended by Task Force Davao (TFD) personnel at a random checkpoint along Kilometer 11 in Sasa, this city, at 2 am on Monday.

The report said that TFD personnel confiscated from Balingit one unit of Colt MK IV.45 pistol with one magazine loaded with seven live ammunitions.

According to the report, Balingit is a resident of Butuan City, where he is a pastor of Oceans of Life Ministries Inc. Police said he was arrested for failing to present permits proving he had authority to carry firearms.

However, since Mindanao is placed under martial law, civilians are not permitted to carry firearms.

Balingit was charged for violating Republic Act 10591 or the “Comprehensive firearms and ammunition Regulation Act” and is currently withheld at Sasa Police Station. (

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