Albayalde says the arrest of the NDF consultant is "legal" »Manila Bulletin News



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Martin Sadongdong

Philippine National Police Director-General Oscar Albayalde reiterated on Sunday that allegations made by consultant Vicen Ladlaid of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) were entrusted by law because the suspect's wife apologized for impeding justice during his arrest.

Philippine National Police Chiefs Officer Oscar Albayalde (Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)

Philippine National Police Director Oscar Albayalde
(Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)

"We reiterate that the arrest of a member of the Communist Party of the Philippine-Central Commission, and President of the National United Front Committee, Vicente Ladlada, is for violating Act No. 10591 of the Republic or the Comprehensive Act on Firearms and Ammunition," said Albayalde.

"The confiscation of high-performance firearms and explosives owned by Ladlama and the other two is the result of a legal search for police officers who have been witnessed and confirmed by officials from the Homeowners' Association," he added.

Ladlad was arrested in Quezon City on Thursday, when the search police found a cache of weapons and explosives from his possession.

Before that, Ladila's wife, Fides, apologized to Albayalde for the scene where she tried to make her way to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City, where Ladlad passed the reservation.

At one point, Albayalde said Fides blocked a police cellphone when she expressed her strong intention to see her husband.

Albayalde said he was studying the charges against Fides, specifically to prevent justice.

"I hope that General Albayalde finds it in his heart to forgive me when his enchanting wife, Mrs. Albayalde, also prevents justice with her bare hands by blocking a police pickup because she is trapped inside and does not know where to be brought or what it happens because of the state diseases called plantida de pulis, "Fides said in his statement.

"I had enough time to protect my husband, Vica Ladlaha, as well as fewer women, if the same fate hit his unhappy husbands," she added.

However, Fides also appealed to pro bono lawyers to help her if the PNP chief decided to discuss the case against her.

The apology was accepted, but …

Albayalde said he understood Fides's impulsive actions and accepted an apology. However, he suggested that the case against Fides remains an option for them.

"I understand her deep concern about her husband's well-being and as a Christian, I kindly admit her apology," he said.

"But I have to re-emphasize that we are a nation of laws, not people, and violation of laws has its consequences," he added.

Albayalde then encouraged the public to "seek redress on the right forum, the right that all citizens enjoy under our constitution."

"Make sure that we are conscious of our duty to serve and protect ourselves, as well as to respect the human rights and dignity of the accused." To make our country achieve lasting peace, progress and prosperity, we must all work together to re-invite the public to observe the rule of law in our everyday life, "he said.


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