MANILA A Makati judge has ordered the transfer of businessman Arnold Padilla from Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig to the Makati City Jail while awaiting trial.
In an order dated Sept. 13, 2018, Judge Josefino A. Subia of the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 138 ordered Padilla's arraignment and pre-trial on September 21.
"The prosecutor recommended no bail for the provisional liberty of the accused which the court finds to be well-taken," Subia said in denying Padilla's bail bid.
Padilla's bodyguard Alfie Bautista Ortiz, however, was granted bail at PHP48,000.
The two men were detained at the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) Regional Special Operations Unit (RSOU) facility in Taguig after their arrest for illegal possession of firearms and explosives.
Padilla, 41, yielded guns and explosives during the serving of a search warrant at his residence on 18 and 23 San Antonio St., Magallanes Village, Makati City last month.
The PNP Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) has revoked the firearms license issued to Padilla last April 24, after findings that the businessman submitted a fake drug test result to obtain the license.
The Makati police earlier filed direct assault charges against Padilla and two others in relation to a traffic incident in Makati City last Aug. 13.
In a report, the Makati Police said the charges were filed before the prosecutors' office against Padilla, his bodyguards Bernabe Casido, alias Alberto Malijan, of Barangay 161, Caloocan City; and Glocel Razon, also a resident of Barangay Magallanes.
The complaint was filed by neighborhood watchmen Carlito Mariano III and Raymundo Soliven of the Bantay Bayan of Barangay Magallanes.
The police report said two watchmen were manning traffic along the northbound side of EDSA corner Magallanes when two vehicles in a convoy ignored a red light from Gate 1 of Magallanes Village and turned right to EDSA.
This prompted the complainants to stop the vehicles and accost the drivers.
Police said Padilla, who was inside a Mercedes Benz sedan, rolled down the window of his car, and had a heated altercation with Soliven. At that point, Razon and Casido alighted from their cars and mauled the watchmen.
Padilla is also a person of interest in the death of his sister, Yvonne Chua, on Dec. 29, 2010.
Chua was killed and her daughter injured when a mailed parcel bomb containing five grenades exploded as they opened it. (PNA)
Source: Philippine News Agency