BACOLOD CITY - The vice mayor of Moises Padilla town and her husband surrendered to authorities Tuesday morning after being accused of illegal possession of explosives.
Vice Mayor Ella Celestina Garcia-Yulo and husband Felix Mathias Segundo Yulo III said they opted to surrender to Police Regional Director, Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao because of alleged bad experiences when they were arrested in December last year.
She said they have no plans of running away.
“Hopefully, justice will prevail,” said the vice mayor. She added the evidence against them were planted and that they are victims of political harassment.
The Yulos were first arrested in December 2017 at Crossing Magallon during a police checkpoint led by Senior Inspector Allan Reloj, former Moises Padilla town police chief, which resulted to the alleged confiscation of two fragmentation grenades and several other firearms and alleged illegal drugs.
However, the drugs were later found to be "fake" after it was closely examined at the Provincial Crime Laboratory.
Early this year, acting Provincial Prosecutor Rodrigo Diaz said they have found reasonable grounds to charge the couple for illegal possession of firearms and explosives.
Both the vice mayor and her husband were also charged with direct assault upon a person in authority, but they were able to post bail amounting to P12,000 each in April this year.
Garcia-Yulo, meanwhile, filed a counter-affidavit following her arrest last year, claiming the allegations were based “purely on highly malicious, erroneous and fabricated accusations.”
Judge Cyclamen Jison-Fernandez issued an arrest warrant with no bail recommended against the couple for violation of Section 3 of Republic Act (RA) 9516 or the illegal possession of explosives.
Another arrest warrant was issued by the same judge against the couple for RA 10591 or Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act. The court set a bail of P200,000 each for their provisional liberty.
Bulalacao said the couple are still considered innocent until proven guilty.