MANILA (UPDATE) - Authorities raided the house of incumbent Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte Mayor Ferdinand Aguinaldo and two of his relatives Saturday morning, confiscating several firearms and ammunition.
Police Regional Office 1 Director Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula confirmed this to DZMM radio, saying search warrants were issued on the mayor, his brother former mayor Felix Aguinaldo, and cousin Vice Mayor Pedro Rex Aguinaldo.
The operations were set as part of security measures ahead of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on Monday.
Authorities recovered from the mayor's house 2 caliber .40 pistols, a caliber .45 gun, assorted ammunition, magazines and 2 bandoliers.
The mayor declined to be interviewed on camera but said the firearms, which he said had complete documents, and ammunition were his collection.
Search operations at the vice mayor's house yielded a caliber .45 pistol and various ammunition.
At the former mayor's house, meanwhile, police found several firearms and ammunition, all of which had papers.
Meanwhile, in another operation, police arrested Marcos Agudelo, reelectionist Barangay Chairman of Ngabangab in Pasuquin, and a former seafarer whose name was not released.
Various guns and ammunition were found in the chairman's house while assorted ammunition were discovered in the other suspect's home.
The operation also targeted two other personalities in Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte but it turned out negative.
The service of search warrants was part of security measures in preparation for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on Monday.
Authorities are currently enforcing a gun ban that will end on May 21, or a week after the elections.