From the Visayan Daily Star (Aug 29): NPA slams warrants vs. VM
The New People’s Army yesterday strongly condemned the issuance of arrest warrants against Moises Padilla Vice Mayor Ella Celestina Garcia-Yulo and her husband for what it alleged to be trumped-up charges brought about by “dirty politics”.
The vice mayor and her husband, Felix Mathias Segundo Feria Yulo III, are facing charges for alleged illegal possession of two .45 caliber pistols and two grenades allegedly seized from them at a police checkpoint at Crossing Magallon, Moises Padilla on Dec. 19, 2017.
La Carlota RTC Branch 63 Judge Cyclamen Jison-Fernandez on August 20, issued warrants of arrest against the Yulos for grenade possession, with no bail recommended, and for gun possession with bail set at P200,000 each.
Their lawyer Karol Joseph Chiu said his clients are innocent of the trumped-up charges filed against them.
Chief Inspector Edfel Balibadlan, Moises Padilla police chief, said yesterday he served the warrants of arrest against the Yulos at their residence in the town on Friday but they were not around.
Based on the warrants issued they will have to arrest the couple if their whereabouts are known, he said.
Ka JB Regalado, NPA Leonardo Panaligan command spokesman, said the Yulos are victims of planted evidence and malicious and fabricated charges by a central Negros mayor.
He also cited SPO1 Joshua Barile who is allegedly facing trumped-up charges following a raid on his residence, ambush attempts on Adrian Villaflor, threats on La Castellana Mayor Rhumyla Nicor-Mangilimutan, and blockades set up against small farmers in central Negros.
Regalado challenged Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. to stand up and take action against the alleged abuses by the central Negros official.