MANILA - National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultant Rafael Baylosis and his companion underwent inquest Thursday night after being arrested for illegal possession of firearms and explosives Wednesday.
Baylosis and alleged New People's Army member Guillermo Roque were apprehended by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-National Capital Region after they received reports of suspicious men with firearms along the border of Manila and Quezon City.
CIDG-NCR Chief Senior Supt. Wilson Asueta said Baylosis did not have a standing warrant of arrest.
“It was a product of a information coming form a confidential informant na merong suspicious-looking persons. We conducted follow up surveillance, that’s the time na nakitaan nila ng baril,” he said.
“As per report of the operatives, we have no idea kung sino yon. Later on na lang nila nalaman,” he added.
Baylosis and Roque carried 2 caliber .45 pistols and a grenade, which they concealed in an eco-bag filled with brown rice, during the time of their arrest, police said.
The inquest proceedings were conducted at the office of CIDG-NCR in Camp Crame, Quezon City for security purposes.
Baylosis refused to have his mug shots and fingerprints taken and also refused the procedural medical check-up done by the PNP Crime Laboratory.
“Ayaw niya magpamug-shot atsaka magpa-medical, of course upon advice ng kanyang mga lawyers. We will also require him to do it because it is just procedural,” Asueta said.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story referred to Baylosis' companion as Guillermo Roque.