Ladlad, two others appear for inquest proceedings in QC

Published November 10, 2018, 6:24 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Alexandria Dennise San Juan

Peace consultant Vicente Ladlad and his two other companions who were charged with illegal possession of firearms, ammunition, and explosives appeared before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office Friday for inquest proceedings.

National Democratic Front (NDFP) peace consultant Vicente P. Ladlad (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)
National Democratic Front (NDFP) peace consultant Vicente P. Ladlad

The 64-year-old Ladlad and elderly couple Alberto and Virginia Villamor were arrested on November 8, at a house in Brgy. San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City, following the implementation of a search warrant for illegal possession of firearms served by combined operatives of police and army forces.

Police report showed that during the search inside the alleged safehouse of Ladlad, several high-powered firearms, assorted ammunition, hand grenades and subversive documents were seized, resulting in their arrest.

The charges against the arrested suspects, who appeared at the Quezon City Hall of Justice with their lawyers, were presented during the inquest while pieces of evidence were evaluated by QC Assistant City Prosecutor Julan Ilao.

However, the resolution is still pending while waiting for the approval of the chief inquest prosecutor.

According to Quezon City Police District Director, Chief Supt. Joselito Esquivel Jr., the suspects shall remain in their custody until an order coming from the court says otherwise.

“With the filing of charges against them, they shall have their days in court to prove their innocence,” he said.

The three suspects were currently detained at the QCPD headquarters in Camp Karingal.