A defeated candidate for Bacolod City councilor in 2010, who is wanted by the International Police for money laundering in the United States, was arrested by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group after several bullets were seized from his house in Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod City, Wednesday morning.
CIDG-Bacolod head Chief Insp. Fernando Salvatierra yesterday said they raided the house of Emmanuel Benares Aguilar, “alias Epi”, 50, at Homesite Subdivision on complaints of indiscriminate firing especially when he gets angry.
Armed with a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Judge Edgar Garvilles, the CIDG swooped down on the house of Aguilar at about 6:30 a.m., Salvatierra said.
The CIDG seized ammunition for a .30 caliber rifle, M-16 rifle, M-14 rifle, .45 caliber pistol, .380 caliber pistol, super .38 caliber pistol, .38 caliber revolver and .22 caliber pistol from the house of Aguilar, a police report said.
Bullets for a .25 caliber pistol, 12-gauge shotgun, 9 millimeter pistol, a magazine assembly for an M-4 rifle, a magazine for .45 caliber pistol, assorted empty bullet shells, a gun holster and a pouch were also confiscated from Aguilar’s residence, the report added.
Salvatierra, however, said they failed to recover any firearm because it took them about an hour to enter the compound of Aguilar.
Their investigation shows that Aguilar has an arrest warrant for four counts of money laundering in Nevada, USA, he added.
Salvatierra added that Aguilar, who is an accountant by profession, was confined at the Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital after his arrest because he is suffering from chronic kidney disease.
Aguilar told the police that the bullets recovered from his house were not his and that the complaints for money laundering filed against him were trumped-up.
Information on Aguilar’s arrest, including his picture, was sent to the Interpol in the United States through the Office of Interpol in Cebu.*APN