MANILA, Philippines – A businessman who lives in a plush village in Makati and his bodyguard were arrested for allegedly keeping a cache of illegal firearms and ammunition, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said on Friday, August 24.
The businessman was identified as Arnold Padilla, 41, while his bodyguard was Alfie Ortiz, 33.
How they were caught: Armed with search warrants, the police raided two of Padilla's houses inside an exclusive Makati village. The businessman gained notoriety in social media when he and his wife were seen in a viral video physically and verbally abusing a traffic enforcer who flagged them down beating a red light.
The cops simultaneously searched Padilla's houses located at lots 18 and 23 of San Antonio Street in Magallanes Village in Makati.
The raid was monitored by Padilla's lawyer Virgilio Batalla. Cops also noted the presence of lawyer Raymond Fortun.
Firearms found inside one of Makati businessman Arnold Padilla's homes
What were recovered: Cops did not find anything inside in the lot 23 residence, but seized the following in the house on lot 18:
What comes next: According to the NCRPO, Padilla and Ortiz will be 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 which regulates possesion, manufacturing, and selling of firearms and ammunition. – Rappler.com
Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.