BACOLOD CITY, May 6 (PNA) — Criminal charges have been filed against 10 individuals caught by authorities during the raid of the ancestral house of Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Peña last week.
Obstruction of justice and illegal possession of firearms and explosives have been filed by Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) before Negros Occidental Provincial Prosecutor’s Office on May 3.
Included in the charges were PO2 Pedrito Lupo and SPO1 Vicente Castillo who were caught inside the compound of Peña’s residence carrying firearms while in civilian clothes. The two acts as security of the mayor.
Others were identified as Rey Asgar, Manny Rio, Joey Yunque, Nelvon Gange, Jay Gange, Deolito Morancil, Jimmy Castaños and Armando De la Paz.
The eight were mostly security guards and some were reportedly supporters of the mayor.
CIDG is also reported to file separate charges against Peña despite his claims that the 90 assorted firearms and other explosives have licenses.
Meanwhile, reelectionist Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. advised the beleaguered Peña to face the consequences of his actions.
“He cannot fool the people of Negros anymore. He must be man enough to face the consequences of his action,” Marañon stressed.
He also laughed off Pena’s threat of filing charges against him after the latter accused him as the one behind the raid.
“He piled up guns and ammunition, acquired military grade explosives, built an armory and put the blame on others after he was caught red-handed? What does he mean?” he asked.
The raid at Peña’s ancestral house was made by virtue of a search warrant issued by Judge Maria Filomena Singh of the Regional trial Court Branch 85 in Quezon City. (PNA)