House probe sought on Monton raid

Amante: Inquiry will finally unmask the truth and show to everyone the sinister scheme of violence and police brutality spreading across Agusan del Norte. PHOTO/RMN DXBC BUTUAN

Agusan del Norte 2nd District Rep. Eripe John Amante has sought an inquiry into the alleged illegal drug raid on the house of couple Jabonga Municipal Mayor Jasmin Monton and Vice Mayor Glicerio Monton Jr.

The congressman filed a resolution on Wednesday directing the House committees on good government and public accountability to conduct an inquiry into the raid in aid of legislation.

“I will expose them, and I know a lot of Agusanons already had serious doubts about these hoodlums in uniform, now we have the evidence, I will not stop,” Amante said during an interview with Bombo Radyo on Thursday.

Amante stressed the measure would “fully and finally unmask the truth and show to everyone the sinister scheme of violence and police brutality spreading across our province.”

The congresswoman said the raid at the house of his allies last November 28, which was caught on a closed circuit television (CCTV) camera showed the “ brazen and utter lack of respect for the well-established rule in the conduct of search operations.”

Authorities arrested Vice Mayor Monton, who was considered by police a “high value target” during the raid around 2:50 a.m. on Wednesday conducted by Agusan del Norte provincial police backed by a warrant issued by Judge Nemeson Cañete of Carmen MTC.

The raiding team seized 12 sachets of suspected “shabu” (crystal meth) weighing 60 grams worth P708,000 and a hand grenade from the couple’s house in Barangay Poblacion.

For Amante, the raid was “far from legal” and “had numerous and glaring marks of irregularity”, alleging  that the authorities were not armed with search warrants and “proceeded to break the door and entered the house” without “any prior announcement of their authority or purpose,” and conducted the search without being accompanied by any of the occupants.

According to him, a second team of police officers arrived at 4:40 a.m., this time with a search warrant and were accompanied by barangay officials.

“And even more curious, it was the second team of police officers that discovered and seized the sachets of shabu and one hand grenade,” he said. By CLC

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