Makati businessman in viral video is arrested for illegal firearm possession



Cops plunder Magallanes Village homes of businessman Arnold Padilla. Later they arrest Padilla and his bodyguard.

Published at 6:44 PM, August 24, 2018

Updated 6:47 pm, August 24, 2018

Arrested. Makati businessman Arnold Padilla is arrested for illegal firearm possession. All photos from NCRPO

Arrested. Makati businessman Arnold Padilla is arrested for illegal firearm possession. All photos from NCRPO

MANILA, Philippines – A businessman living in a fluffy village in Makati and his bodyguard was arrested for allegedly keeping a cache of illegal firearms and ammunition, the National Capital Region Police Office said on Friday, August 24th.

The businessman was identified as Arnold Padilla, 41, while his bodyguard Alfie Ortiz was 33.

How they were caught: Armed with search warrants, the police invaded two houses of Padilla in an exclusive Makati village. The businessman became notorious in social media when he and his wife were seen in a viral video that physically and verbally abused a traffic watchman who shut them off and gave a red light.

The police also searched the houses of Padilla's on the lots 18 and 23 of San Antonio Street in Magallanes Village in Makati.

The robbery was followed by Padilla's lawyer Virgilio Batalla. The police also noticed the presence of lawyer Raymond Fortun.

CONFISCATED. Firearms found in one of the houses of Makati businessman Arnold Padilla

CONFISCATED. Firearms found in one of the houses of Makati businessman Arnold Padilla

What has been restored: The police found nothing in the property of plot 23, but seized the following in house on lot 18:

  • One loaded caliber .45 Glock 21 pistol
  • Two caliber .45 Glock magazines
  • 43 pieces of caliber .45 live ammunition
  • A loaded shotgun Keltec 12 Gauge 3 "
  • 34 pieces shotgun ammunition
  • 13 pieces of caliber .45 ammunition
  • Two MK2 hand grenades

What comes next: According to the NCRPO, Padilla and Ortiz are facing complaints for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013, RA 9516 or the Act amending Presidential Decree No 1866 governing the possession, production and sale of arranges firearms and ammunition. – Rappler.com


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