DOJ hears raps vs. NDF consultant, priest

DOJ hears raps vs. NDF consultant, priest

Prosecutors will soon resolve whether to press charges on court for illegal possession of firearms and explosives lodged against National Democratic Front (NDF) peace consultant Renante Gamara and retired priest Arturo Joseph Balagat.

Philippine National Police (PNP) offered Gamara and Balagat before Assistant State Prosecutor Florencio Dela Cruz for inquiry on Friday. Both respondents relinquished their rights to a preliminary investigation.

The previous Thursday, PNP National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) stormed the house of Balagat in Brgy, Poblacion 2, Imus, Cavite after getting reports of the priest keeping weapons and harboring individuals.

Found items were a 9mm pistol, two hand grenades and gadgets containing dissident information and PHP 90,000 in cash.

In 2012, Gamara was detained in connection with the death of Pfc. Eriberto Eclavea in Mauban, Quezon and the murder attempt on a rebel returnee.

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