A grenade, gun, bullets and a sachet of suspected shabu were seized from a murder suspect at the Hall of Justice in Bacolod City, at about 9:30 a.m. yesterday.
Operatives of Police Station 10 and the Bacolod City Police Office Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group armed with a warrant of arrest arrested Arthur de Juan Bandiola, “alias Panoy”, Chief Insp. Dianne Grace Catedral, BCPO public information officer, said.
The arrest warrant for murder charges was issued by Bacolod Regional Trial Court, Branch 49 Judge Manuel Cardinal Jr., who did not recommend bail for him, police records show.
Bandiola was the suspect in the killing of Erwin Guillen, 40, in Bangga Totong, Barangay Felisa in Bacolod, on Dec. 26, 2015, Senior Insp. Ritchie Gohee, Police Station 5 chief, said yesterday.
Guillen was the brother of businessman Eddie Guillen, a former president of the Central Negros Electric Cooperative.
Catedral said the suspect is also number one in the drugs watchlist and in the priority list of the Lambat-Sibat of Police Station 10.
Bandiola, who had just come from his hearing on an alarm and scandal case at Branch 4, was about to open his black Honda Civic car with plate number FGK 388, at the parking lot of the Hall of Justice, when the policemen served the warrant of arrest on him, Catedral said.
The arrest yielded a M26 United States fragmentation grenade, a .45 caliber pistol with a magazine loaded with 10 live ammunition, a big heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet of suspected shabu, a camelback sling bag, and his car, police records show.
Catedral said Bandiola is also the suspect in previous shooting incidents in the area of Station 10, and the robbery hold-up with carnapping incident in Bago City, Negros Occidental, where the victim, at whom he had pointed his gun, positively identified him.
Bandiola refused to be interviewed by the media, and even withheld his age when the police asked him.
Multiple charges for violations of Commission on Elections Gun Ban, Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, and R.A. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are being readied against Bandiola.*SGG
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