THE Philippine National Police leadership yesterday accepted “with a heavy heart” a court decision allowing suspended Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo to post bail for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition charges.
“As the premier law enforcement agency, the PNP bows to the majesty of the law and accepts the court decision allowing Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo to post bail,” PNP spokesman Sr. Supt. Bernard Banac said.
Banac issued the statement after the Legazpi City Regional Trial Court allowed the 45-year-old Baldo to post a P3 million surety bail or a P4 million property bond amid the failure of the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office to file charges for illegal possession of explosives against the mayor.
Baldo was accused of masterminding the assassination of AKO Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe and his policeman-bodyguard SPO 2 Orlando Diaz last December.
The mayor was arrested by the police last January 22 but officials were forced to bring him to the hospital after he complained of difficulty in breathing due to aggravated asthma which he suffered while inside his detention cell on the night he was arrested.
The Police Regional Office 5 headed by Chief Supt. Arnel Escobal and the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group headed by Director Amador Corpus sent uniformed officers to guard Baldo at the hospital.