MANILA -- Authorities did not plant evidence against a businessman who was caught in a viral video while allegedly manhandling traffic enforcers together with his partner and bodyguards, a police official said Tuesday.
Businessman Arnold Padilla's lawyer accused policemen of placing several unlicensed firearms and grenades when they raided his client's home in Magallanes Village, Makati last week.
"Halos lahat po ng nahuli natin, ganyan lagi ang depensa. Sa tagal-tagal natin sa serbisyo, wala namang umaamin... Inaasahan po natin iyan at wala pong problema doon," Metro Manila police chief Director Guillermo Eleazar told radio DZMM.
(Almost everyone we arrested made the same defense. In all our years in service, no one has confessed. We expected that and there's no problem there.)
Padilla was tagged in some 30 blotter complaints by neighbors and barangay officials before he went viral on social media earlier this month for allegedly bullying enforcers who flagged down his vehicle for a traffic violation, said Eleazar.
Police searched for Padilla after his firearm license was revoked over alleged fake drug test results. The raid had no connection to the viral clip, Eleazar added.
"Nagkataon lang na nakakuha kami ng search warrant ay after na nitong viral video," he said.
(It just so happened that we secured a search warrant after the viral video.)
Padilla was charged with illegal possession of firearms and explosives, direct assault and physical injuries.