Daraga mayor arrested for illegal possession of firearms

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Daraga Mayor Albay Carlwyn Baldo allegedly hired six individuals to gun down mayoral candidate Rodel Batocabe and his security on December 22.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 22) — Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo, the alleged mastermind in the killing of AKO Bicol Party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe, has been arrested for illegal possession of firearms.

Baldo was taken into police custody on Tuesday after authorities seized unregistered firearms during the implementation of a search warrant in his house in Barangay Tagas in Daraga, Albay.

Among those recovered were two caliber .45 pistols with bullets and ammunitions.

Baldo earlier asked President Rodrigo Duterte for help so he can be granted fair treatment and his family given protection amid investigations into the Batocabe slay.

All six suspects in the killing of Batocabe and his police security aide have pointed to Baldo as the brains behind the crime. The mayor has repeatedly denied such allegations.

Batocabe and his aide SPO2 Orlino Diaz were shot dead on December 22 last year during a gift-giving activity.