Agusan del Norte provincial police director Sr. Supt. Ernesto Tendero brushed aside insinuations that Tuesday’s arrests of two barangay chieftains in Cabadbaran City were a form of “political harassment.”
Tendero said the arrests of Barangay Bay-ang Chairman Alberto Baldo and Barangay Del Pilar Chairwoman Judith Cueno, and her husband, Rico, a former village chieftain were the result of legitimate police operations against loose firearms.
He said the Philippine National Police is an apolitical organization and its crackdown on loose firearms did not arise from a political agenda.
Baldo and the Cuenos’ were nabbed in simultaneous court-mandated searches at their respective houses on Tuesday (Jan. 30) with the police reported recovering two cal .45 pistols, a cal.357 revolver, ammunitions, hand grenade and bomb-making components from the village chiefs.
Tendero said the recovered items will be used as evidence in the filing of charges of illegal possession of firearms and possession of explosives against the officials under Republic Act 10591 and Republic Act 9516.
The three are known allies of Agusan del Norte Rep. Erlpe John Amante and his common-law wife Cabadbaran City Mayor Katrina Mortola, who are at odds with the camp of Agusan del Norte Gov. Angel Amante-Matba. By GD and Ben Serrano