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CIDG men find over P18.9-M cash, weapons in Teves’ compound

March 25, 2023 Alfred P. Dalizon 167 views

OVER P18.9 million in cash , more than a dozen high-powered ammunition, many of them believed to be unlicensed, and over 9,000 assorted live ammunition enough to equip several platoon of soldiers, were among those recovered inside the raided compound of former Negros Oriental Gov. Henry Teves, the Philippine National Police reported yesterday.

The cash worth P18,926,806 were found stashed inside two digital vaults, which were discovered inside a white Hyundai H350 with plate no GAL 9603, which was also searched by a raiding team from the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Friday morning.

The vault also yielded various documents containing text logs, assorted keys and two iPhones, which will all be subjected to a thorough forensic investigation.

At least three suspects were also arrested as a result of the raid.

Members of the PNP-CIDG under Brig. Gen. Romeo M. Caramat Jr., assisted by officers from the PNP Special Action Force and the Sta. Catalina Municipal Police  Station in Negros Oriental, on Friday searched the HDJ Bayawan Agri-Ventures Corporation and JDJ Tolong Compound located in Bgy. Caranoche in Sta. Catalina municipality.

The search supervised by Col. Hansel M. Marantan was conducted on the strength of a warrant for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 issued against Pryde Teves, also a former Negros Oriental representative, by Judge Allan Francisco Garcia of the Mandaue City Regional Trial Court Branch 83.

Pryde, a brother of Negros Oriental 3rd District Rep. Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves Jr., was not around during the conduct of the search. However, three staff members  of JDHJ Tolong led by their administration manager and supervisor  and local barangay officials, as well as a municipal councilor of Sta. Catalina, witnessed the service of the search warrant against Pryde, a resident of Bgy. Villareal in Bayawan City.

Pryde Teves is also described as the president of HDJ Bayawan Agri-Ventures Corp. and HDJ Tolong.

Caramat said  that arrested during the raid were Nigel Electona, the chief security officer of HDJ Tolong, security guard Jeson Timtim, and firetruck driver Dionilo Mayagma Jr..

The official said that recovered during the searches were six rifles of various caliber, nine different pistols, a total of 9,615 assorted live ammunition, 207 pieces of spent cartridges, assorted gun accessories, several identification cards, ATM cards and documents and  the nearly P19 million in cash.

Caramat said officers equipped with body-worn cameras conducted the search. He added that the recovered firearms will be placed under the safekeeping of the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office under Col. Paul Kenneth T. Lucas for verification.

Among those recovered during the search were a box containing 1,000 rounds of live cal. 5.56 ammunition for M-16 automatic rifles, four cal. .45 steel magazines each containing 15 bullets, a box with 50 live 9mm ammunition, 39 boxes each containing 50 live cal. 5.7 ammunition or a total of 1,950 bullets, 14 boxes containing 700 live M-16 ammunition, a box containing an Ingram machine pistol’s lower receiver, an Ingram upper receiver, two Ingram steel magazines with 13 bullets, two pieces of cal. 5.56mm ammunition link with a total of 366 bullets, a box with 13 live 500 SW Mag ammunition, one chamber-loaded M-14 cal. 7.64 rifle without serial numbers but mounted with a sniper scope and attacked to a bipod, two plastic M-16 magazines with 35 bullets, one cal. 9mm pistol with a magazine containing 15 bullets,a cal. .22 steel magazine, a .22 bipod, 12 live cal. .22 ammunition, a box with 69 live 9mm ammunition, 35 boxes containing 700 live cal. 5.56 bullets,  54 boxes containing 2,700 pieces of live cal. 5.7 ammunition, three boxes containing 180 live Hornady 500  ammunition and several boxes found containing more than 600 pieces of live cal. 5.56 bullets.

The CIDG raiding team also said that a still unidentified man inside the HDJ Tolong Compound threw his firearm and fled on foot after noticing the arrival of officers.

The subsequent search of the area led to the confiscation of one M-16 rifle  and a Carbine rifle without serial numbers and 29 live Carbine ammunition.

Pryde Teves served as governor of Negros Oriental from June to October 2022 until the Commission on Elections annulled his proclamation due to a recount of the May 2022 polls.

Pryde was replaced by the late Gov. Roel R. Degamo, who along with eight others, was assassinated by a group of cold-blooded killers armed with M-16 automatic rifles inside his residence in Pamplona municipality last March 4.