MANILA – A woman was arrested after firing at cops and a court sheriff who attempted to serve her an ejection order Friday morning.
Marylou Bhalwart, allegedly fired at police and Manila Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC) Branch 24 personnel with an Uzi submachine gun at a hotel managed by the Rhema International Livelihood Foundation Inc.
According to Manila Police District (MPD) Station 5 commander Police Superintendent Albert Barot, authorities had been negotiating with Bhalwart regarding their eviction when she took a firearm and started shooting.
Nobody was hurt in the incident, but police were still searching for Bhalwart's firearm as of this writing.
Hotel guests and building tenants were assisted by cops clearing the area, as court personnel and a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team remained on standby in Nuestra Senora De Guia street, where the hotel was located.
"Kanina we effected the arrest of Mrs. Bhalwart based sa pagtutok ng baril sa ating kapulisan at [court] implementing authorities," Barot said.
("We arrested Mrs. Bhalwart for shooting at police and court implementing authorities.")
The ejection order was issued by MTC Branch 24 in connection with a case filed by Vergel de Dios of Hostellery Manila against Bhalwart and her foundation.
Its Facebook page describes the Rhema Foundation as a "large, autonomous organization formed to support the marginalized part of the society."
-- With reports from Dennis Datu, ABS-CBN News