LOOK: Daraga Mayor Baldo in hospital, skips inquest
MANILA, Philippines — For failing to show up during inquest proceedings, Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo submitted to the police on Wednesday a certificate of confinement, proving he remained confined at a hospital.
The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in the Bicol Region filed against the mayor cases on illegal possession of firearms and ammunition and illegal possession of an explosive before the Albay Provincial Prosecution Office also on Wednesday.
Police earlier arrested Baldo after several unlicensed firearms, bullets, and a grenade for use with a launcher were found in his residential compound.
Baldo, who said he had a history of asthma, was rushed to the University of Santo Tomas- Legazpi Hospital after suffering hyperventilation in his detention cell.
Police said his blood pressure also shot up.
Senior Supt. Arnold Ardiente, chief of the CIDG in the Bicol Region, told INQUIRER.net that Baldo’s attending physician had not yet advised when the mayor could be released from the hospital.
Baldo is accused of being the mastermind of the murder of Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe, his contender for the mayoralty post in Daraga in the May 2019 elections, and Batocabe’s police escort, SPO1 Orlando Diaz, on Dec. 22, 2018. /atm
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