JOINT OPERATIVES of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the province of Misamis Oriental, PNP SAF and Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) raided the compound of the Salvaleon family in Malagana, Claveria town based on four search warrants.
The reported early dawn raid yesterday yielded several high-powered firearms and a sack of ammunitions. The arresting team also nabbed the subject person in the person of Mrs Gertrudes Salvaleon, and her son Reagan Salvaleon. The raiding team also arrested two bodyguards and six members of the Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU). The CAFGUs were included in the arrest as they were in the compound during the raid, instead at their detachment in Mat-i Claveria
The yielded firearms included four M-16 armalite rifles, two M14, two .45 caliber pistol, one KG-9 machine pistol and hundreds of live ammunitions.
Master Sergeant Noel Oclarit of CIDG Misor identified those arrested during the raid as Mrs Gertrudes Salvaleon, 67 year's old and wife of Claveria ex-mayor Redentor Salvaleon, her son Reagan Salvaleon, 37 and their two family bodyguards Christopher Pagara, 39 and his elder brother Mario Pagara, 49.
Arrested members of the Cafgus who were all members of the 58th Infantry Battalion (58IB) were Richie Taquin, 39; Ricardo Sumilla, 61; Roger Cailing, 49; Rammie Bacala, 40; Ernesto Ayuman, 37; and Joselito Cabaluna, 29-year old.
The 10 suspects were arrested based on four search warrants issued by Judge Mirabeaus Undalok, Presiding Judge sa Regional Trial Court Branch 43 sa Gingo-og City. Subjects of the search warrants were Mrs. Gertrudes and her son Reagan Salvaleon.
Mayor-elect Meraluna Salvaleon in an interview with a local radio station denied the family owned the firearms intercepted by the CIDG raiding team.
She said those firearms were owned by the military especially the CAFGUs detailed at the family compound. "Actually, wala man gyud sa sulod sa family compound nakuha ang mga armas pero sa gawas ra. Gani kana nga mga armas iyaha na sa mga Cafgu nga nagabantay sa family compound," mayor-elect Salvaleon narrated.
Mayor Salvaleon suspected that a certain Jaime Cawasan was behind the raid as he surrendered yesterday based on reports she gathered from reliable sources.
Mayor Salvaleon narrated how this feud between the Salvaleons and former NPA rebel Jaime Cawasan alias Dudot.
"It all started when this certain Jaime Cawasan mortgage the 38,000 hectare family land to the Salvaleon family. This transaction, the mayor said, was not known to the Cawasan Family as Jaime Cawasan only transacted with her mother, Mrs Gertrudes Salvaleon. Many times Jaime Cawasan requested for add ons until it reached to 2 Million Pesos," Meraluna said.
Mayor Salvaleon added that Jaime Cawasan and his family wanted to take back the land and they have agreed for pay off in which it did not happened so that the Salvaleon family also denied giving back the land.
This reportedly irked Jaime Cawasan and he allegedly started harassing the Salvaleon Family like burning the family tractor, giving them death threats and all other types of harassments.
Pamatyon daw mi niya tanan so sa kahadlok ug kabalaka sa akong inahan mao to nga nagrequest pud mi sa services sa mga Cafgu mao naa sila sa among compound nagbantay matag adlaw," the mayor said in vernacular.
The Salvaleon family was reported to be the most influential family in Claveria town and they owned a lot of business in the area prior to joining politics. Miraluna's father, Redentor Salvaleon, was also elected mayor in the previous years, defeating and stopping the Calingin's control over politics in Claveria, while Meraluna was the vice mayor then. When the father was already threated by health problems, his daughter became the acting Vice Mayor.
In the latest 2019 Midterm National and Local elections, Mayor Miraluna Salvaleon ran for mayor and she won.
MDN tried to get the side of Mr Jaime cawasan but failed.
The CIDG Misamis Oriental unit also promised reporters they would issue official statements anytime today.