BACOLOD CITY, May 3 (PNA) — Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr. of Negros Occidental on Friday questioned the raid made on the ancestral house of his relative, Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Peña on Thursday.
“What is the basis for the raid?” asked Alvarez, the standard-bearer of Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) running for governor in the province.
Alvarez believed that the raid was “uncalled for and political harassment” against Peña, who previously challenged reelectionist Governor Alfredo Marañon’s chief-of-staff to a fistfight.
Alvarez added that he hoped that the authorities followed the proper procedure or else they will face charges themselves.
He also claimed that the high-powered firearms seized from Peña’s ancestral house were “licensed.”
Even Peña himself said in an interview with the local press that the firearms have licences valid until 2016 and belonged to four corporations.
He also suspected that the explosives and other ammunition recovered during the raid were “planted” and Alvarez believed him.
“Who in his right mind would hide explosive in his house which would be dangerous,” Alvarez said.
When asked if he will help his relative, the vice governor said Peña can take care of himself.
On the other hand, Regional Police Director Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. reiterated that they were just following the orders of the court.
He also denied that politics was behind the raid. “”We have been monitoring it even before the filing of the candidacies for the local positions,” Cruz said.
The raid at the ancestral house of Peña in Barangay Ubay, Pulupandan town led to the discovery of 89 firearms that include, among others, shotguns, AK-47, M-16, .40 and .45 caliber pistols, 357 revolver, and sniper rifles.
Also recovered were two canisters of one-fourth pound of TNT high grenade explosives, thousands of ammunition for M-16 rifles, shotguns, .45 caliber pistol and 9mm pistols in boxes, bandoleers, combat boots and gun holsters. (PNA)