CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: A Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Bukidnon has acquitted controversial car dealer Lynard Allan S. Bigcas of the charge of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
In a 17-page decision penned by RTC Judge Jose U. Yamut, of Branch 11 in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, the court also ordered the return of the bond for the provisional liberty of Bigcas to the bondman.
Bigcas, of Poblacion, Talakag, Bukidnon, pleaded not guilty of the charge of illegal possession of firearms and ammunitions.
The court said that Bigcas presented documents showing that he owned one or two licensed firearms as certified by the Firearms and Explosive Department in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
Elements of the after high-powered firearms and ammunition were recovered from his house by virtue of a search last May 3, 2011.
During the raid on May 3, 2011 in the house of Bigcas, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) raiding team seized high power firearms, ammunition and eight vehicles owned by Bigcas, which were part of evidences exhibited in court.
However, the court said that the eight vehicles could not be admitted as part of the evidence presented since the object of the search warrant was for the two firearms only.
Bigcas became controversial after hogging the headlines both in the national and the local newspaper after the Bureau of Customs charged him with the shipment of vehicles from the United States to the Philippines without paying customs duties.
Congress even summoned Bigcas to a congressional inquiry after the foreign media tagged Cagayan De Oro City as the smuggling capital in the country.