Cavite police waiting for warrant to search Revilla home for guns, 'NBI agents'

Cavite police inspect the weapons seized from NBI agents outside the home of Senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr. in Bacoor. (photo by Paulo Vecina,
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MANILA, Philippines -- Police in Cavite province are waiting for a warrant to search the residential compound of Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. for 30 alleged agents of the National Bureau of Investigation who have reportedly taken refuge there and their weapons.

Superintendent Rommel Estolano, Cavite police spokesman, said policemen would remain "in the vicinity" of the Revilla residence along the Aguinaldo Highway while waiting for the warrant to be issued by a local court.

However, he denied they were cordoning the senator’s home and that policemen stationed around it were conducting “visibility operations.”

He also said they did not suspect Revilla of illegal acts but were only going after the gunmen they believe to be inside his compound.

"As of now we are applying for a search warrant to search the vicinity of the compound of Senator Revilla,” Estolano said.

“But we will not divulge what place (in the compound) will be searched and what items will be seized, but our focus is purely on firearms," he added.

He said they received information that about 30 alleged NBI agents were supposedly hiding inside the Revilla compound when six agents were arrested and their weapons seized on Election Day.

The six, five of them “confidential agents,” have been charged with usurpation of authority, violation of the election gun ban, and unauthorized use of uniform.