Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas Mayor Jay Ilagan on Sunday eluded the arrest conducted by the members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

The authorities were supposed to serve two warrants against Ilagan -- one was a search warrant for illegal possession of firearms and the other was a warrant of arrest for a rape and human trafficking case that allegedly transpired in Ormoc in 2013.

Over a hundred police officers went to Ilagan's farm but the mayor was not there during the raid.

Ilagan later granted an interview to ABS-CBN to deny the allegations, saying he was being framed.

He added that businessman Edwin Gardiola was behind the cases.

"Ang tunay na dahilan po ng kasong ito, una, ang aking pagkapagreklamo na mayroong shabu laboratory sa aming bayan. Pangalawa po, ang aking pagko-complain sa mga ghost projects po na ginawa po sa Bayan ng Mataas na Kahoy. At ang akin din pong pag-expose sa mga nakaparada pong humigit kumulang sa 60 luxury cars," Ilagan said.

"Ang (rape) complainant ko po, kung titignan po sa NSO (National Statistics Office), wala pong record. Wala pong birth certificate. Nonexistence po ang address na ginamit niya," he added.

The mayor insisted that he will not surrender to the authorities amid the cases.

"Ako po ay ilalabas sa Mataas na Kahoy na ako'y patay. Hindi po ako sasama. Kung ako po'y kanilang huhulihin, patay po nila akong dadalhin sa Ormoc," Ilagan said.

Ilagan is now asking the Justice Department and Liberal Party-mate President Aquino to re-open his case.

- Mornings @ ANC, December 21, 2015