Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo arrested for illegal firearms possession

MANILA, Philippines – Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo, the alleged mastermind in the killing of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe, has been arrested by police on Tuesday, January 22.

The police's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) found Baldo inside his residence in Baldo Compound in Barangay Tagas, Daraga, with allegedly illegal firearms. 

During the raid on Tuesday afternoon, the CIDG recovered the following from Baldo's residence:

Cops also confiscated Baldo's white Isuzu Alterra, which was the subject of the arrest warrant signed by Legazpi City Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Elmer Lanuzo.

Baldo is the last prime suspect in the Batocabe killing to be taken into police custody. Six other suspects either surrendered on their own or were arrested weeks after the killing. 

The Philippine National Police earlier announced that most of the suspects point to Baldo as the one who allegedly orchestrated the killing of Batocabe. Batocabe was supposed to run against Baldo for the mayoralty of Daraga in the May 2019 elections.

Baldo has maintained his innocence in the case. – with a report from Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

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.