Mayor, son nabbed in South Cotabato for possession of illegal firearms

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A mayor in South Cotabato was arrested with his son on Tuesday for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

In two separate anti-drug raids, personnel from Region 12’s drug enforcement unit (DEU) recovered the illegal firearms and ammunition from Tampakan Mayor Leonardo Escobillo and his son Leonardo Jr. in Barangay Maltana.

Chief Insp. Alex Joe Orcajada, chief of the Police Regional Office-12’s DEU, said the Regional Trial Court in North Cotabato issued five search warrants against the Escobillos for possession of illegal drugs, firearms and explosives.

Police raided first the residence of the younger Escobillo in Purok 6 around 4 a.m. and recovered an unlicensed .40-caliber handgun with live ammunition, and a licensed .45- caliber handgun with live bullets.

Around 2 hours later, the police conducted another raid at Mayor Escobillo’s house. Recovered from the scene were two unlicensed carbine rifles with live ammunition, two licensed .45- caliber handguns, a shotgun, an Uzi sub-machine gun and assorted bullets.

No illegal drugs were found during the raids, according to Orcajada.

Mayor Escobillo was placed under hospital arrest in Koronadal City after reportedly suffering from hypertension. His son was detained at the Tampakan municipal police station.