POLICE reported on Saturday that the raid on a sugar mill reportedly owned by former Negros Oriental governor Pryde Henry Teves, brother of the province’s Third District Rep. Arnolfo Teves Jr, on Friday resulted in the confiscation of an estimated ₱18 million in cash, multiple firearms, and thousands of live ammunition. Three individuals were also arrested.
The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) said seized during the raid on the HDJ Bayawan Agri-Venture Corp. Tolong compound, in Barangay Caranoche, Santa Catalina Town in Negros Oriental were six pieces of rifles of various caliber, nine pieces of pistols of various caliber, 9,615 rounds live ammunition of different calibers, 207 pieces fired bullets of different calibers, 45 pieces of steel and plastic magazines of different calibers, assorted accessories of different caliber of firearms, P18 million bills in different denominations, several identification and ATM cards and documents and assorted pieces of other evidence.
The PNP-CIDG said three individuals were also arrested at the mill. They were identified as Nigel Electona, Jeson Baillo and Dionilo Mayagma Jr.
Those arrested were turned over to the CIDG Regional Field Unit 7 for documentation and inquest.
On the other hand, the confiscated firearms will be sent to the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) to verify their registry.
According to PNP CIDG Chief Romeo Caramat Jr., the raid was done lawfully with the use of body-worn cameras while employees and officials of HDJ Agri-Ventures bore witness.
The search warrant for violations against Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act was issued against Pryde Teves on March 23 by Judge Allan Francisco Garciano of the 7th Judicial Region, Mandaue City. — Franco Jose C. Baroña
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