Cops nab bizman in Magallanes traffic assistant mauling

MANILA – The police took on Friday rifles and explosives from a businessman who was seen in a security video that was involved in wounding two neighborhood guards last week.

Businessman Arnold A. Padilla, 41, delivered weapons and explosives while serving a search warrant at his home at 18 and 23 San Antonio St., Magallanes Village, Makati City.

Padilla was taken in Taguig to Camp Bagong Diwa shortly after police confiscated a Keltec automatic rifle and a Glock 21 pistol, along with other firearm accessories.

Head of the headquarters of the capital city, director Guillermo Eleazar, personally supervised the search under a warrant by Makati judge Elmo Alameda.

PNP Chiefs of firearms and explosives (FEO), head of Supt. Valeriano de Leon, confirmed to newsmen that their office has withdrawn the firearms license granted to Padilla last April 24, after findings that the latter filed a counterfeit medical test result to obtain the license.

The Makati police had previously filed a complaint against Padilla and two others in connection with a traffic incident in Makati City, last August 13.

In a report, the Southern Police District – Makati Police said that the charges for the prosecution were filed against Padilla, his bodyguard Bernabe Casido alias Alberto Malijan, Barangay 161, Caloocan City and Glocel Razon, also a resident of Barangay Magallanes.

The complaint was filed by local police officers Carlito Mariano III and Raymundo Soliven of the Bantay Bayan of Barangay Magallanes.

The two guards secured traffic along the northern side of Epifanio delos Santos Ave. (Edsa) corner Magallanes when two vehicles in a convoy ignored a red light from Gate 1 of Magallanes Village and turned right to Edsa.

The complainants were encouraged to stop the vehicles and address the drivers.

The police said Padilla, who was in one of the vehicles, a Mercedes Benz with plate number GS3370, rolled through the window of his car and had a heated argument with Soliven. At that moment, Razon and Casido stepped out of their cars and tore the guards.

Padilla is also a person interested in the death of his sister, Yvonne Chua, on December 29, 2010. Chua was killed and her daughter was wounded when a packet bomb exploded with five grenades when she opened it. (PNA)

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