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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, September 25, 2017
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PNP justifies gun custody

The Civil Security Group of the Philippine National Police came to the rescue of its personnel who were arrested recently in Bacolod City.

The CSG said the firearms seized by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency were either surrendered or confiscated from private security agencies by the Regional Civil Security Unit 18.

The raid Friday last week at the house of SPO1 Joshua Barile, Firearms and Explosives Section Police Non-Commissioned Officer, and Firearms Custodian of Regional Civil Security Group 18, in Brgy. Alijis, Bacolod City, yielded at least 30 assorted guns, including M-16 and AK 47 assault rifles, ammunition, four hand grenades, two vintage bombs and suspected shabu.

CSG chief Police Director Federico Dulay Jr. said Barile took the initiative to secure the firearms in his residence due to the deactivation of RCSU 18, and they were slated to be turned over to RCSUs 6 and 7, as advised by his superior, Supt. Elmo Guevarra, who went to Manila.

The RCSU 18 is composed only of Guevarra and Barile, whose temporary office islocated at the Negros First Blood Bank Center in Brgy. 39, Bacolod City.

Dulay, in his memorandum to the Directorate for Operations and Office of the Chief, Philippine National Police, a copy of which was furnished to the Visayan DAILY STAR, said Barile decided to secure the firearms, because of reports of armed men seen in the vicinity of their temporary office.

The raid at the residence of Barile was made by virtue of a search warrant issued by Manila Regional Trial Court, Branch 53 Judge Reynaldo Alhambra.

Based on the interview of Guevarra, Barile said the search conducted by the NBI and PDEA was not done in an orderly manner, as they failed to present a copy of the warrant to the subject police officer, Dulay said.

Members of the family of Barile and media were not allowed to enter the premises during the raid.

It was also reported that the personal bag of Barile containing his identification cards, USB and P96,000 in cash and other documents were missing, Dulay added.

During the raid, NBI personnel seized assorted firearms, while PDEA operatives also recovered three hand grenades on top of a washing machine, while a plastic sachet of what was believed to be “shabu” was also recovered inside the stock room of Barile's residence, the memorandum said.

The assorted firearms recovered were the property of Private Security Agency (PSA) who recently turned their HPFAs (high powered firearms) in line with a Presidential Directive to recall their HPFAs from PSA, and other firearms confiscated due to violation during the conduct of post-to-post inspection by the unit, Dulay said in the memorandum he issued and signed.

Barile, formerly assigned at the Regional Intelligence Unit-18, was linked to the murder this year of Wilmar and WilfredoSerenio, brother and father of Ricky Serenio, a self-confessed bagman of the Berya drug group.

Ricky, in his affidavits, also linked Barile and more than 40 police officers to the illegal drug trade in Negros Occidental.

The murder of the Serenios and his alleged involvement in the drug trade have been denied by Barile.*GPB



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