By Francis Allan L. Angelo

A BUSINESSMAN is under fire for allegedly brandishing a gun inside a night spot in Mandurriao, Iloilo City Wednesday evening.

Lawyer Plaridel Nava accused his former client, Kenneth Chua, of pointing a caliber .380 to one of his classmates inside a VIP room of Sandpipers KTV Bar at Brgy. Bolilao, Mandurriao.

Chua’s family owns Iloilo Society Commercial which is a popular retail chain of assorted merchandise in Iloilo.

Nava said their high school class was holding a Christmas party inside Sandpipers when the incident happened.

A classmate of Nava, who knows Chua, invited the businessman inside the VIP room to join the bash.

Nava said he also personally knows Chua as he represented the latter in a gun-firing incident in Arevalo district several years back.

One of Nava’s classmates, a certain Roberto Celiz, was discussing his experiences in the US when Chua suddenly rose from his seat, drew the revolver and pointed it to Celiz.

Another classmate of Nava told Chua to lower his gun but the latter allegedly punched him.

Nava later intervened and told the businessman to calm down and put away his gun.

Chua obliged but it did not prevent Nava from calling the police for assistance.

Two Mandurriao policemen – SPO3 Enrico Sontillanosa and PO3 Antonio Salazar – went to the KTV bar in response to the call up.

The two cops claimed that the bar’s management and security personnel prevented them from proceeding to the room where the altercation happened.

Worse, the police officers said, the manager pointed them to the wrong room. When they reached the scene of the incident, Chua was nowhere to be found.

The police officers brought the manager and security guards to the Mandurriao police station for alleged obstruction of justice. But they were later released after the investigator found no ground to sue them.

Nava said the bar’s management may have delayed the entry of the police to give Chua time to sneak out of the night spot.

He also complained that the police did not arrest and detain the manager and security guards for obstruction of justice.

Based on records of the Firearms Explosives Security Agency and Guards Supervision (FESAGS) Office, Chua previously owned an caliber .9mm machine pistol, a caliber .9mm pistol and a caliber .45 pistol, all of which have expired permits.

The FESAGS record did not indicate that Chua owned a caliber .380 revolver.

Chua and the management of Sandpipers are not available for comments.

Chua and PO3 George Sermonia of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group were also involved in the mauling of three waiters of Luis Linaga-an, a popular restaurant in Iloilo City, two weeks ago.

The businessman reportedly settled the case with the waiters while Sermonia is under investigation by the Police Regional Office (PRO-6).

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