Announcement: NO EXPLOSIVES FOUND IN MONTILLA ANCESTRAL HOUSE CIDG cop executes affidavit that no explosive was found during raid
REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES)
BACOLOD CITY )
I, SPO1 ROSENDO BERSAL JR., y LICUAN, of legal age, Filipino, married, a resident of Brgy. Estefania, Bacolod City, presently assigned at the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)-Bacolod City, after having been duly sworn to in accordance with law, hereby depose and say:
1. I am a regular member of the Philippine National Police and presently assigned at the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Bacolod City with headquarters at Bacolod City Bay Center, San Juan St,. Bacolod City;
2. I have been in the police service for almost thirty six (36) years now having been recruited into the then Philippine Constabulary on October 1, 1979;
3. On May 2, 2013, I was part of the combined PNP-CIDG and Intelligence Group (IG) raiding team of the Philippine National Police, both coming from the main PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City and the local units, which was tasked to implement a search warrant issued by the Regional Trial Court in Quezon City in the premises of the Montilla ancestral house situated in Brgy. Ubay, Pulupandan, Negros Occidental;
Yesterday, a press conference was held in the town of Pulupandan where an officer of the CIDG raiding team, last May 2, 2013, allegedly denied specifically that there is no truth to the report that two pounds of explosives were found in said residence.
CIDG SPO1 Rosendo Bersal, Jr. stated in his joint affidavit, dated May 3, 2013, together with his co-affiant SPO3 Jayvee Aglipay the following: "That the team led by PSI John A. Mocyat of PNP SAF then proceeded to the house of subject person but again were denied entry, elements of SAF climbed the concrete wall and cut the live wires attached above the fence and when the team gained entry, four persons at the guard’s quarters immediately scampered/ran away but were held by the team, at this juncture SPO3 Aglipay together with SAF elements disallowed them to escape. The team immediately searched the premises and at the guard’s quarter the SAF elements saw two (2) pcs. TNT 1/4 pound Max high explosives, two (2) pcs. shotgun, one (1) AK47 rifle and assorted ammunitions. SPO3 Aglipay effected arrest of the suspects and informed them of the reason of their arrest and immediately appraised them of their Constitutional rights. Arrested suspects identified as Manny Rio y Dublar, Joey Yunque y Carpentero, S/G Deolito Morancil y Suspeñe and Jimmy Castaños y Pasilan were then brought to the Negros Occidental CIDG for proper disposition and documentations while awaiting the filing of appropriate charges while the confiscated explosives, firearms and ammunitions were brought to the Bacolod Crime Laboratory (sic) ballistic examinations;"
In praying for peace to reign in Pulupandan and to provide moral support to the town’s local chief executive from the recent raid in the Montilla ancestral house in Ubay, the various religious leaders in town as spear-headed by Pastor Edgar Villacenda and Sister Ella Aliguin convened as a group and planned out to hold a Prayer for Peace activity, entitled "A Manifestation of Love and Support for Mayor Magsie Peña".
The Prayer for Peace activity in Pulupandan town was well-attended by townsfolk.*
The activity was con-ducted in order to show moral support and forge a testament of love among religious leaders and mem-bers of the different partici-pating groups for their beloved mayor whom they see as a victim of political harassment.
Local News: Peña Ancestral House Raided, Yields 89 Guns, 2 Explosives 8 Brought for Questioning as Peña Claims Explosives Were Planted by Raiders?
BRGY. UBAY, Pulupandan — A total of 89 high-powered firearms, several thousand rounds of ammunitions and two military-grade TNT explosives were seized from the 2-storey ancestral house of the family of Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno "Magsie" Peña in Barangay Ubay yesterday.
A composite team from the Philippine National Police, CIDG and NOPPO was able to seize various firearms and ammunitions at the ancestral house of Mayor Magdaleno Peña in Sitio Ubay, Pulupandan early morning yesterday. * (Owen Segovia Bayog photo)
Two policemen at the area chanced upon by PNP-CIDG operatives were immediately relieved, and two security guards at the guard post and six civilians in the Peña compound were brought for questioning in Bacolod City.
Camp Crame-based Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) operatives armed with a Regional Trial Court (RTC) order conducted the raid from 6 o’clock in the morning which lasted by 5p.m. CIDG operatives were backed up by Special Action Forces (SAF) men in coordination with the Western Visayas Police Regional Office 6 (PRO6) and Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO), CIDG Bacolod City and CIDG Negros Occ.
PNP Regional Director P/Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz told mediamen here that the raid was by virtue of a search warrant issued by NCR RTC Branch 85 Judge Ma. Felomina Singh, Second Executive Judge, RTC, Quezon City.
The chief of Pulupandan police was relieved yesterday after he was seen escorting Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Peña to the Provincial Capitol Monday morning to challenge Provincial Legal Officer Jose Ma. Valencia to a boxing match.
Senior Supt. Celestino Guara Jr., acting Negros Occidental police director, confirmed the relief of Inspector Edcel Balibadlan.
Balibadlan was visibly seen on board the Pulupandan police car convoying after the dark blue Dodge Challenger sports car of Peña.
Aside from Balibadlan, several other members of the Pulupandan police were with him and another vehicle used by alleged bodyguards of Peña.
Guara said the relief was indeed due to the fact the Balibadlan was seen accompanying Peña at the Provincial Capitol Monday.
Local News: JOVAL vs MAGSIE, Joval No Show in ‘Boxing Match’ ‘A Televised Debate or Televised Boxing?
Maintaining his sense of propriety, Provincial Legal Officer Jose Ma. Valencia yesterday chose not to show up for the boxing match with Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Peña upon the latter’s dare.
Peña showed up at the Provincial Capitol yesterday morning where he waited for Valencia at the Social Hall.
The mayor flexed his muscles before Capitol reporters and said he did not eat breakfast so he can be in good form for the boxing match.
But apparently, he waited in vain, for Valencia did not show up.
Valencia, who was in his office near the Governor’s Office, only laughed and shrugged his shoulders when asked by the media later on his comment on Peña’s actions.
Pulupandan Mayor Mag-daleno "Magsie" Peña yesterday said he will file graft and plunder charges against Gov. Alfredo Ma-rañon Jr. and provincial veterinarian Renante Decena in connection with the alleged P40-million over-price in the purchase of 5,760 sheep from Australia last year.
Peña said his co-signa-tories in the charges will be Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr., several Board Members, and broadcaster Donard Nojas.
The mayor said he will prepare the charges in seven days, so he expects to file the charges next week.
Peña added that 3rd District Rep. Patrick Lacson will accompany them to Cebu to file the case before the Office of the Ombuds-man in the Visayas.
Local News: ‘Comparing Local Sheep Prices with that of the Provincial Capitol’s Does Not Negate Overprice’- Peña
In response to the statements of Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Renante Decena and Spokesperson and Chief of Staff to the Governor, Atty. Jose Maria Valencia, Pulupandan Magsie Peña reiterated that in tracing the overprice, one has to look into the price of sheep per head based on its market price in Australia and not make a comparison of how much it is being sold in the Philippine market by the other suppliers. The mayor added that the sources of Decena and Valencia were only selective of which they think will serve their end, that is to make their expensive sheep price quotation appear lower than those of the other alleged suppliers of imported livestock. The mayor said, "It is obvious that, to save face, Decena and Valencia would opt to quote only those sheep prices which they think will help them justify the "overprice." These guys should remember that the overprice took place in Australia as agreed upon between the capitol’s negotiators and its Australian supplier, as it is glaring that a Damara sheep that only costs AuD$65 or a rough P3,000.00 would eventually be paid for by the provincial capitol and the people of Negros Occidental for a whooping P16,000 to P25,000 per head plus other incidental costs. To prove his point, the mayor quoted the report of Mr. Matthew Young, the President of West Australia Sheep Breeder’s Society, in a newsletter stating that the "the prices quoted for DAMARA 38kg live weight are $65 Males and Females." The mayor also backed up his claim on an article written by Tanya Kilminster of the Department of Agriculture and Food, West Australia, Merredin stating that "All ram lambs were valued at $52/head and were saleable to the live export trade or domestic saleyards while the ewe lambs were valued at $40/head and saleable only to the domestic saleyards." From the sheep breeders in Australia, the mayor added that at least two farmers named John Henderson and John Roney of Goulborn and Tullamarine ranges, introduced a similar Aud$80 per sheep quotation as farmgate price.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is zeroing in on five potential armed groups capable of creating election-related violence in Western Visayas (Region 6) but the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office has yet to validate the report.
In a Philippines News Agency (PNA) report quoting a declassified PNP information, the four of the five groups are based in the province of Negros Occidental:
- The Pena Group of the town of Pulupandan,
- Yap Group in Escalante City,
- the Malabor Group in Isabela
- and Nazareno Group in Moises Padilla town.