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Iloilo politiko cries foul over gun raid, arrest

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A councilor of Calinog town in Iloilo who is running for mayor in the May elections cried politics in a recent gun raid that resulted in his arrest.

Francisco Calvo told Western Visayas police head Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao his political opponents were behind his arrest for illegal gun possession.

Calvo and town board member Renato Casinao and former Mayor Salvador Divinagracia visited Bulalacao in Camp Delgado, Iloilo City on Monday, Feb. 11.

But Bulalacao said Calvo did not mention any name. He told Calvo to expose police officers who showed unfairness or favored any political candidate.

“I assured him that I will investigate any policemen who are unfair and out to frame any person,” Bulalacao said.

Last Feb. 4, police searched Calvo’s house at St. Vincent Subdivision, Barangay Libot, Calinog, and recovered a cal-.45 pistol.

They also recovered a rifle, ammunition, and a defective cal-.22 long barrel rifle and a defective cal-.25 pistol.

Calvo, who is into into the quarry business, presented valid licenses for the M16 rifle and cal-.45 pistol which were later returned to him after validation.

He added the cal-.25 pistol is owned by his father-in-law and was being kept for “sentimental value.”

Meanwhile, Bulalacao assured Calvo they would have no second thoughts in arresting politicians who are keeping firearms.

He also said the Iloilo provincial police acted on solid intelligence reports, when asked about claims that Mayor Alex Centena, who is running for vice mayor of Calinog, was the one who instigated Calvo’s arrest.

Centena was earlier tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte in the illegal drug trade.