By Rogelio Limpin And Anthony Vargas Correspondents
Ten members of the Revilla political clan in Cavite filed a petition for the “urgent” issuance of a Writ of Amparo (Protection Order) at the Regional Trial Court of Bacoor City on Thursday against several high-ranking officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Secretary Mar Roxas 2nd of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) that controls the PNP.
Reelected Cavite Representative Lani Mercado-Revilla revealed this to The Manila Times.
The petitioners, represented by lawyers Salvador Panelo, Jeffrey John Zarate and Henry Araneta, are former Sen. Ramon Revilla Sr., reelected Mayor Strike Revilla of Bacoor City, incumbent Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., his wife Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla, and six of their children which includes newly elected Vice Gov. Jolo Revilla.
In their formal petition, the Revillas said that there is an urgent need for this Protection Order from the court to prevent the police elements of the State from intimidating, endangering and violating the petitioners’ rights to life, liberty and security through respondents’ various unlawful acts and omissions.”
The petition pointed to the attempt of the PNP and the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) operatives to search the Revilla mansion even without a search warrant. The Revillas said that, “the authorities continue to threaten the Revillas to effect an unwarranted and unlawful search warrant.”
Also, on Tuesday, “some RPSB elements went to Alabang, Muntinlupa and informed the village guard that they were looking for the house of senator Bong Revilla to search it.”
The Revillas said that on April 6, members of the RPSB forcibly entered the house of Raymund Eguillos, one of Jolo Revilla’s supporters, and sprayed it with bullets, injuring one of Eguillos’ companions.
“The raiding team robbed the victims of their personal things [cellphones, cash, watches].
They also sexually harassed one occupant, Joana Orlaza. In the guise of searching for guns and ammunitions, the raiding team forced the woman to lift her dress all the way to her chest, exposing her private parts.
“On April 12, about 100 policemen in fatigue uniform and armed with long rifles and Armalites forcibly entered the house of Lorena Yalung, another Revilla political leader, and unlawfully searched her house, despite a blatant defect of a questionable search warrant.
“On May 8, constituents who went to the Island Cove Resort, owned by the Remulla family, to attend a Voters Educationa Seminar, were stopped by 10 armed RPSB and accused them of vote-buying. They were released after three hours with no charges filed against them. Another bus full of Remulla-Revilla supporters was stopped on Tirona Highway in Mabolo 3, their passengers taken to Camp Pantaleon Garcia in Imus City and threatened to admit to vote-buying. They were later released with no charged filed.”
“On May 10, an Innova car bearing RPSB marker with uniformed policemen threw spikes on the road to flatten the tires of the cars of Revilla supporters,” the petition read.
Gun ban not lifted
PNP on Friday said that the “election gun ban” continues to be in effect even after the end of Election Day, which police and military claimed to be generally peaceful.
PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr. said that, the police will still enforce the election gun ban throughout the country including the ‘stand-off’ between police and household of Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., in Bacoor City, Cavite.
“That is a legitimate police operation as deputized agency of the Commission on Elections [Comelec] we continue to implement the election gun ban as part of our security operations for the election period,” Cerbo said.
The PNP spokesman said the presence of policemen around the residential compound of Senator Revilla in Cavite is part of continuing police operations aimed to account for 30 armed men believed to be still holed up inside the compound.
“The Cavite police are looking for another armed group of about 30 other NBI agents that reportedly drove into a residential compound owned by the family of Senator Bong Revilla,” Cerbo said.
The said operation began when elements of the Cavite police arrested on Monday six alleged NBI agents wielding weapons.
“If anyone is found to be violating the election gun ban, the police would act accordingly and arrest those who violate,” Cerbo said.
Earlier, the spokesman for Cavite Police, Supt. Rommel Estolano said that they are just waiting for the court to issue a search warrant for them to enter and search for armed men the premises of Revilla’s residential compound.
Estolano said that, they received information that there were some 30 alleged NBI agents that have allegedly hid inside the Revilla’s compound following the arrest on Monday of six other NBI agents.
Seized from the six NBI agents were two .45 pistols, two M-16 assault rifles and one AK-47, all of which, the police said had no gun ban exemption issued by the Comelec.
The PNP chief, Director Gen. Alan Purisima also denied “politics” was behind in the alleged “standoff” in Bacoor City, Cavite and that the Cavite police were only performing their duties as law enforcers.