Two bodyguards of Iloilo City Councilor Plaridel Nava were arrested on Monday in connection with the killing of Mercedes “Gingging” Nava.
Personnel of Police Station 1 nabbed the bodyguards, who were identified as Rey Julius “Tata” de los Reyes, 34, and Roy de los Reyes, 43, inside the councilor’s office at the City Hall.
Senior Supt. Martin Defensor Jr., Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) director, said witnesses positively identified the two as the ones who gunned down Mercedes, the estranged cousin of Plaridel, in Barangay Calajunan, Mandurriao district on Friday last week, Jan. 4.
Recovered from the suspects were three unlicensed .45-caliber pistols, four magazines, 36 bullets, a hand grenade, two mobile phones, and P13, 770 in cash.
Defensor said the warrantless arrest was part of their hot pursuit operation.
The arrested bodyguards were turned over to the custody of Mandurriao Police Station.
In a media interview, Plaridel said he was shocked when the police arrested his bodyguards.
The councilor maintained that he is not the brains behind the killing of Mercedes and his bodyguards are not involved in the incident.
“Inosente kami. In the near future makita ninyo nga wala sang sala ang akon tawo,” he said.
Nava claimed that the bomb, firearms, bullets, and magazines were “planted” by the police.IMT