MPD refuses custody of ex-Gapan mayor

By Zyann Ambrosio, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 01 2013 03:35 PM | Updated as of Feb 01 2013 11:35 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Manila Police District on Friday refused to take custody of ex-Gapan Mayor Ernesto Natividad after he was turned over by the Quezon City Police District.

Senior Superintendent Ronald Estilles, MPD deputy for operations, refused to accept custody of the 58-year-old Natividad after his arrest in a Quezon City dialysis clinic.

He reasoned that before they accept a suspect, he must first be checked in the hospital since it will be their responsibility if something happens to the former mayor.

QCPD wanted to turn over Natividad since the family of the complainants requested that the hearing be held in Manila instead of Nueva Ecija. The complainants said the Natividads are an influential family

Freddie Villamor, Natividad's lawyer, said he is requesting that his client be placed under hospital arrest. He said Natividad's blood pressure went up after his arrest and he is now suffering from low blood sugar level.

Natividad has been on the wanted list for 7 years after he was tagged in the 2006 killing of brothers Ericson and Ebertson Pascual.

He was arrested yesterday while having dialysis treatment in a hospital in Quezon City.

Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr., PNP spokesman, said Natividad had a bounty of P1 million.

The former mayor is at the Manila Doctors Hospital and is undergoing diagnostic examination.  His lawyer said Natividad has to undergo dialysis twice a week.