DOJ hears raps vs. NDF consultant, priest

Published March 23, 2019, 12:35 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Philippine News Agency

MANILA–Prosecutors will resolve soon whether to file before the courts charges for illegal possession of firearms and explosives lodged against National Democratic Front (NDF) peace consultant Renante Gamara and retired priest Arturo Joseph Balagat.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday presented Gamara and Balagat before Assistant State Prosecutor Florencio Dela Cruz for inquest.

The respondents waived their rights to a preliminary investigation.

Last Thursday, the PNP National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) raided the house of Balagat in Brgy, Poblacion 2, Imus, Cavite after receiving reports of the priest keeping weapons and harboring individuals.

Recovered were a 9mm pistol, two hand grenades and gadgets containing subversive information and PHP90,000 cash.

In 2012, Gamara was arrested in connection with the death of Pfc. Eriberto Eclavea in Mauban, Quezon and the murder attempt on a rebel returnee.