By Martin Sadongdong
The Philippine National Police Chief (PNP), Oscar Albayalde, reiterated on Sunday that understanding the National Democratic Front of Philippines consultant (NDFP) Vicente Ladlad was legally mandated because the suspect's wife apologized for obstructing justice during his arrest.
"We affirm that the arrest of members of the Central Committee of the Philippine Communist Party and the head of the National Unity Commission, Vicente Ladlad, is to violate Republic of Law 10591, or Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition," Albayalde said.
"The seizure of high-powered firearms and explosives in Ladlad's possession and the other two is the result of a legitimate search conducted by police witnessed and certified by Homeowners Association officials," he added.
Ladlad was arrested on Thursday in Quezon City when police, who implemented a search warrant, found firearms and explosives from his property.
Prior to this, Ladlad's wife, Fides, issued an apology to Albayalde for a scene in which he tried to force his way into Bagong Diwa Camp in Taguig City where Ladlad had undergone ordering procedures.
At one point, Albayalde said Fides blocked the police cellphone when he expressed his strong intention to meet her husband.
Because of the incident, Albayalde said they were studying the submission of allegations, specifically for the barrier to justice, against Fides.
"I hope General Albayalde will find it in his heart to forgive me when his charming wife, Mrs. Albayalde, will also block justice with her bare hands by blocking a police car because she is imprisoned inside and she does not know where she will be taken, or what will happen to him because of a state disease called the evidencia plantida de pulis, "Fides said in a statement.
"I have had enough of 3 minutes of fame fighting against a giant to protect my husband, Vic Ladlad, as should be done by fewer wives if the same fate befalls their unfortunate husband," he added.
However, Fides also asked pro-bono lawyers to help him if the PNP chief decided to file a case against him.
Apologies are accepted but …
For his part, Albayalde said he understood Fides's impulsive actions and accepted his apology. However, he hinted that filing a case against Fides was still an option for them.
"I understand his deep concern for the welfare of her husband and as a Christian, I tend to accept his apologies respectfully," he said.
"However, I must emphasize that we are a legal state not a man. And violations of the law have consequences, "he added.
Albayalde then encouraged the community to "seek compensation in the right forum, the right of all citizens to enjoy under our Constitution."
"Rest assured that we are careful in complying with our mandate to serve and protect, and to uphold the human rights and dignity of the accused. For our country to achieve peace, progress and lasting prosperity, we all have to work together. We are once again asking the public to observe the rule of law in our daily lives, "he said.