Businessman's lawyer accuses cops of 'planting evidence'

Anjo Bagaoisan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 25 2018 03:36 AM

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Video from Atty. Raymond Fortun

MANILA - The camp of businessman Arnold Padilla accused police of planting evidence during Friday's search in his house in Makati City.

"The family of Arnold Padilla denies ownership and possession of 2 canister grenades found by police on the occasion of a lawful search warrant," Padilla's lawyer Raymond Fortun said.

A security footage from the back kitchen showed 2 policemen entering the kitchen before moving to another room.

When the policemen returned, the security camera was turned away, blocking its view of the kitchen.

Fortun told ABS-CBN News this happened before the search, wherein police found a .45 pistol, shotgun, and 2 grenades.

Fortun said one of the policemen, who was seen in the video wearing a red pouch bag, was carrying the grenades.

"CCTV footage would document the manner by which 2 police personnel entered the kitchen of their home BEFORE the actual search and without the presence of the media, the barangay and any household member," he said.

"It is not surprising that the grenades were found shortly after the unlawful intrusion by the police personnel."

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Fortun also said the firearms recovered from Padilla's house were owned by his client's bodyguards.

Police earlier said the firearms were illegally owned because Padilla submitted a fake drug test result.

"The family will seek all legal remedies to protect their rights, including the filing of appropriate criminal and administrative charges against the erring policemen and those who gave instructions to them to "plant" incriminating evidence against Arnold Padilla," Fortun added.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Guillermo Eleazar dismissed Fortun's allegations, saying the footage did not prove anything. 

"Wala naman akong makitang bearing sa case 'yung CCTV. Sinasabi nilang planting of evidence, eh nasaan iyon? Wala naman iyon sa video," Eleazar said.

He added the operation was conducted in an orderly and legal manner with the presence of village officials and journalists.

"Depensa lang talaga nila iyan at sinabi nga natin ay trabaho ng mga abogado na maghanap nitong mga gagawin nilang depensa."

Eleazar called on Padilla's camp to raise their concerns in court.

Padilla figured last week in a road rage incident with Makati City traffic enforcers.