Solon: Probe police raid on town mayor’s house

December 06, 2018

A Mindanao congressman has sought a congressional inquiry into the alleged illegal raid conducted by police authorities at the property of Mayor Jasmin and Vice Mayor Glicerio Monton Jr. of Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.

In a privilege speech, Agusan del Norte Rep. Erlpe John Amante asked the House committee on good government and public accountability to investigate the matter in aid of legislation, describing it as a deplorable incident.

At the same time, Amante, a member of the House majority bloc, asked the heads of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to look into their men whose raid was caught in a video.

“Let me pose this question to DILG Secretary Eduardo Año and PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde: gentlemen, what are you going to do now that the alleged mischiefs and shenanigans of your personnel have been recorded in clear video?” Amante asked.

In his House Resolution (HR) No. 2349, Amante said that at 2 in the morning of November 28, Agusan del Norte policemen allegedly raided the house of the Monton couple but found no contraband or any illicit items in the premises.

Amante said the raid was done allegedly without the presence of a court-issued search warrant.

Two hours later, Amante said a second team of police officers entered the very same area, this time bearing the search warrant.

According to Amante, the second police team allegedly “discovered 12 sachets of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu and a hand grenade after conducting its own search.”

Amante alleged that the second police team could have planted the drugs and hand grenade in the local officials’ residential compound.

“I intend for this measure to fully and finally unmask the truth and show to everyone the sinister scheme of violence and police brutality spreading across our province,” said Amante.

He said the Monton couple, “now suffer harassment for no reason other than their political affiliation.”