Motion to quash search warrant vs Pulupandan mayor filed

BACOLOD CITY, June 6 (PNA) — After filing a civil case for replevin, the camp of beleaguered outgoing Mayor Magdaleno Peña of Pulupandan town in Negros Occidental is now seeking to nullify the search warrant that led to the seizure of 90 firearms in his ancestral house last month.

Peña’s legal counsel Roger Reyes confirmed on Thursday that they filed a motion to quash before the Regional Trial Court Branch 85 in Quezon City.

Reyes said they asked the court to suppress the “evidence” used against their camp emphasizing that the confiscated firearms have their respective licenses.

Reyes filed the motion before the Chief Director General Alan Purisima of the Philippine National Police cancelled the licenses issued to Peña and to four companies owned by his family.

The order of Purisima has yet to reach the camp of Peña, according to Reyes.

He also slammed the deployment of armed policemen and the setting up of checkpoints at the vicinity of the Hall of Justice here. “They are turning the HOJ into a garrison,” he said.

Meanwhile, Senior Supt. Jose Mario Espino, chief of Crime Investigation and Detection Group Anti-Organized Crime Division, has filed a motion asking Regional Trial Court here to order the release of the firearms to Quezon City RTC Branch 85 that had issued the order for the search of the Peña ancestral home on May 2. (PNA)


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