Vice Mayor nabbed with firearms, shabu
The vice mayor of Moises Padilla town was arrested along with her husband in a checkpoint in Barangay Crossing Magallon in the town and confiscated with firearms, grenades and shabu past 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Police Senior Inspector Allan Reloj, Moises Padilla PNP chief said Vice Mayor Ella Celestina Garcia Yulo, 43, of Moises Padilla was handcuffed along with her husband after their arrest but not without resistance from her despite introducing herself.
The vice mayor’s husband Felix Mathias Segundo Feria Yulo III, 39, a businessman reportedly yielded. 45 caliber firearm in plain view of the policemen manning the checkpoint after he rolled down his window.
This prompted police authorities to check the whole vehicle.
They recovered a .45 caliber pistol with serial number 1453476 Armscor and model 1911 with three stainless magazines and loaded with 25 live bullets; one .45 caliber pistol with serial number 716967 Caspian Arms Limited Hardwick with one stainless magazine and six live bullets; one .45 caliber pistol with serial number 274915 para ordinance with one stainless magazine loaded with six live bullets; two hand grenades; 2 heat sealed suspect shabu, P45, 000 and one unit OPPO cellphone.
Vice Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo also sustained scratches on her arms as a result of preventing her bag from being taken by police operatives.
On the other hand, Reloj claimed that he also sustained wounds on his cheek as a result of being scratched with the vice-mayor’s nails.
He said that the vice mayor is supporting the New People’s Army in the area, prompting them to put up a checkpoint.
Families and relatives of the vice mayor came to her rescue and confronted the policemen.
Garcia-Yulo denied the allegations and claimed that the other firearms were planted.
She just came from their weekly session at the municipal hall and on their way to Bacolod City when flagged down at the checkpoint.
She said that Reloj has a personal grudge with her when two of his alleged bodyguards were arrested with shabu and firearms several months ago. She added that the incident is politically motivated but declined to elaborate.
It is public knowledge in the town that the vice mayor is also the former mayor when she won in an election after her father, also the town mayor, died.
But in the last election, she paved way to her alleged uncle, Atty. Magdaleno Peña.
Peña told Reloj to just do his job, when he received the report.
A fact-finding committee led by Superintendent Edel Jose Manzano of the NOCPPO Investigation Division was created to investigate the incident.*(Cyrus M. Garde)