Punong Barangay Edito Aguillon

Punong Barangay Edito Aguillon

By Francis Allan L. Angelo


A VILLAGE chief filed criminal raps against the police in Ajuy, Iloilo for illegal arrest and slander.

Edito Aguillon, 61, punong barangay of Lanjagan, Ajuy went to the Iloilo Provincial Prosecutors Office to file the charges against Chief Insp. Ariel Artillero, municipal police chief, for wrongful arrest, physical injuries and grave oral defamation.

The case stemmed from when a tanod of Lanjagan was arrested for possessing an caliber .45 pistol.

Aguillon, who was carrying an Armalite rifle, tried to rescue his tanod but he was also arrested for lugging the rifle sans a permit to carry firearm outside residence.

Aguillon said he cannot be arrested because his rifle is licensed and he only uses it to secure their village.

The village chief also claimed that Artillero shouted at him during their verbal tussle.

Aguillon was detained for illegal possession of firearms but he was able to post P80,000 for his temporary liberty.

“As punong barangay, I am permitted to bring firearms within my community even if I don’t have a permit to carry. But the police arrested us still and even insulted me,” Aguillon said.

Artillero said the village chief failed to present his permit reason why he was arrested. The police chief said they went to Lanjagan after receiving information that a group of armed persons were wantonly firing their guns.

But Aguillon said his firearm license was issued by Camp Crame in Metro Manila reason why there were no records at Camp Delgado.

The punong barangay also took Artillero to task for his failure to arrest Julio “Oyok” Ramirez even if he was caught carrying an unlicensed 12-gauge shotgun.

Ramirez was involved in a shooting which killed two persons and wounded two cousins also in Ajuy last week.

“This is unfair. If Artillero only arrested Ramirez, the shooting could have been prevented if they arrested Ramirez,” Aguillon said.

Senior Supt. Ricardo dela Paz, Iloilo provincial police director, defended Artillero saying the latter was just maintaining peace and order in Ajuy.