High-powered firearms seized from the house of Sara town mayor, Emerlita Salcedo | Courtesy: PRO 6
ILOILO CITY, Philippines – A number of high-powered firearms were seized from the house of Sara mayor, Ermilita Salcedo in a raid held by members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Office 6 on Wednesday (October 17).
Authorities said Salcedo’s husband, former Mayor Neptali Salcedo was the subject of the search warrant.
However, the former mayor was not at their home in Barangay Poblacion, Ilawod.
When the authorities launched the search, they discovered a number of assorted firearms namely an M14 rifle; an M16 rifle; an Ultimax 100 311 rifle; a 12-gauge shotgun; an AK47 rifle; three .45 calibre pistols; and some rounds of ammunition.
According to the PRO6 Director PCSupt. John Bulalacao, Mayor Ermilita failed to present licenses for the firearms discovered that’s why authorities temporarily placed her under police custody.
After initial investigation, the Mayor was released pending further investigation.
“Wala naman pala siyang legal responsibility doon sa kasong maaari naming isampa laban sa kaniya. The initial evaluation of our lawyer ay wala siyang kasalanan. But that does not bar us from filing charges against her kung ma find out naming na mayroon din siyang responsibility,” Bulalacao explained.
Mayor Ermilita refused to make a statement on the incident and the whereabouts of her husband.
PCSupt. Bulalacao meanwhile, called on Neptali Salcedo to surrender.
“It would be better for him to face the charges sumurrender nalang siya at kung mayroon pa siyang ibang hawak firearms that are unlicensed i-turn over nalang niya sa amin para wala na siyang problema,”
The mayor’s stepson, Ricky Salcedo and the couple’s grandson, Nixon Salcedo were both killed in the gun fight during the raid.
The police said the two opened fire so authorities were forced to retaliate.
Ricky was a former cop and the subject of the raid. He was in the house when the police served the search warrant.
Multiple firearms were seized from Ricky including a .9mm submachine pistol, a .38mm revolver and a .22mm rifle.
Seized from Nixon, meanwhile, was a .45mm pistol.
The raid was part of the PNP’s campaign against loose firearms in view of the upcoming 2019 mid-term elections. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lalaine Moreno)