Why it took long for police officers in arresting Daniel Padilla’s uncle, former CamNorte guv Roy Padilla?
Arrest warrant was finally served. Camarines Norte Ex-Governor Casimiro “Roy” Padilla Jr. was finally detained over a malversation of public property conviction which was upheld by the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP).
Padilla, the uncle of Daniel Padilla and eldest brother of actor Robin Padilla, was earlier convicted by the Sandiganbayan over a 2001 criminal charge due to a missing pistol issued to him.
The former governor said that he was ready to serve his sentence, but insisted that the charges against him were politically motivated.
Earlier, there were instances when officers from the National Bureau of Investigation, the Philippine National Police and the Criminal Investigation and Protection Group could have handcuffed the uncle of Daniel Padilla.
Ex-Governor Casimiro “Roy” Padilla Jr, who lives in Happy Homes of Daet in Camarines Norte, is allied to the political party of President Benigno S. Aquino, III.
While security officers know his domicile, the arrest warrant issued since the 12th of October 2015 gathered dust before being finally served.
A local report even chided law enforcers since Padilla was seen with CIDG regional director Senior Supt. Marlon Tejada during a “social” gathering on January 20, 2016.
That occasion was the “meet and greet with the newly appointed COP’s of the 12 Municipalities in CamNorte.” Also present on that gathering was Camarines Norte PNP Provincial Director Rudolph Dimas and Camarines Norte Liberal Party candidate for governor Catherine Barcelona Reyes.
Tejada confirmed that he met Padilla on that occasion but claimed no knowledge or any copy of an existing arrest warrant.
Thereafter, PNP Bicol regional director Chief Supt. Augusto Marquez had a shocked reaction and also confirmed no knowledge of an outstanding arrest warrant for the ex-governor.
For the side of the National Bureau of Investigation, NBI regional director Tomas Enrile said serving of arrest warrant on Padilla was not their priority due to lack of personnel as there are only six officers for the provinces of Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte.
Padilla was convicted by the Sandiganbayn in 2012 for malversation of public property for failing to return a .45 caliber pistol service firearm issued in 1992. The gun is valued at P7,462.
The conviction was affirmed by the Supreme Court in 2013, which made the Sandiganbayan’s decision final and executory.
A warrant of arrest against Padilla was issued on July 31, 2014 which was unserved. It was Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno who ordered the Sandiganbayan to issue an alias warrant of arrest on October 12,2015,