Davao del Sur town mayor James Joyce, 6 bodyguards arrested for illegal firearms

Mayor, security aides, charged with illegal possession of firearms

DAVAO CITY, Aug. 4 (PNA) — Jose Abad Santos mayor James Joyce and six of his bodyguards were charged with illegal possession of firearms after they were caught in possession of high powered firearms and ammunitions, police reported here Friday.

Supt. Leonardo Felonia, chief of the Philippine National Police-Intelligence Group (PNP-IG) Regional Intelligence Unit XI, said they received reports that Mayor Joyce possesses high-powered firearms thus,the operation.

“We validated the intelligence reports and applied and secured a search warrant in Manila last week and conducted the raid,” Felonia said.

Mayor Joyce, along with his security aides, Ronnie Pandamon, Arnel Dionesio, Victorino Venancio, Hernan Miguel, Floro Arquillano and Boroy Tilo were charge of before the City Prosecutor’s Office in Digos City.

A total of 12 high-powered firearms, including an Israel-made Tavor assault rifle, were seized from the mayor’s house in sitio Taisay, Caburan Small during the raid on Thursday.

Tavor, described to be an ultimate weapon of the 21st century, could cost more than P700,000, making it one of the most expensive high-powered firearms in the world.

Joyce has been a three-term mayor and has recently won a reelection. He was the vice mayor before the 2010 national and local elections.

Police, meanwhile, denied the mayor’s allegation that the raid was politically-motivated saying they were just doing their job. (PNA)

Police deny politics in Davao Sur mayor’s arrest

By Ben O. Tesiorna

SUNSTAR DAVAO

Saturday, August 4, 2012

POLICE authorities, who arrested Mayor James Joyce of Jose Abad Santos town and six of his bodyguards in a raid Thursday morning, denied politics as the reason behind the arrests.

Superintendent Leonardo Felonia, chief of the Philippine National Police-Intelligence Group (PNP-IG) Regional Intelligence Unit, said the operation was conducted by virtue of a search warrant issued by Manila Executive Judge Marino dela Cruz Jr. of the Regional Trial Court National Judicial Region Branch 22.

“We validated the intelligence reports and so we applied for a search warrant in Manila last week and conducted the raid,” Felonia said.

Felonia said charges of violation of Republic Act 8294, otherwise known as Illegal Possession of Firearms and Explosives, were filed before the City Prosecution Office in Digos City against Joyce and his security aides namely Ronnie Pandamon, Arnel Dionesio, Victorino Venancio, Hernan Miguel, Floro Arquillano, and Boroy Tilo.

Twelve high-powered guns, including an Israeli-made Tavor assault rifle, were recovered from the Joyce’s house in sitio Taisay, Caburan Small during the raid at 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

A Tavor assault rifle could amount to more than P700,000, making it one of the most expensive high-powered firearms in the world.

Mayor Joyce, in television interview, said all the firearms confiscated from him are covered with licenses and permits from the Philippine National Police.

“As far as we are concerned, we are just doing our job,” Felonia said, referring to allegations of the arrested mayor that it was purely politically-motivated.

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