Weapons, drugs seized from cop in Bacolod, suspect says evidence planted

Meneil Lopez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 22 2017 08:17 PM

Firearms and explosives were seized from a policeman's house in an operation in Bacolod City Friday. Meneil Lopez, ABS-CBN News

BACOLOD CITY — Authorities seized firearms and explosives from a policeman’s house in Barangay Alijis, Bacolod City on Friday.

More than 30 firearms were recovered by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) operatives when they swooped into the house of Senior Police Officer 1 Joshua Barile, former chief of the police regional intelligence unit.

Four pieces of hand grenades were also seized, along with a sachet of suspected shabu allegedly found inside a storage room.

The NBI has yet to issue a statement following the search operation.

Barile said most of the firearms and explosives are properly documented and was put under his custody as a safety precaution.

He said the sachet of suspected shabu and grenade found in his house were all planted.

A CCTV video taken inside Barile's house showed that two men went ahead of the raiding team at the time of the operation. They were allegedly responsible for planting the recovered items.

Barile said he believes that a politician wants to get even after he led a raid in his house in 2013.

The officer has been tagged as a drug protector by illegal drugs bagman Ricky Serenio.

He is currently assigned at the firearms and explosives section at the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Barile is also facing charges for allegedly killing Serenio's father and brother.