Daraga mayor dis­charged from hos­pi­tal, now be­hind bars

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! -

DARAGA, Al­bay mayor Carl­wyn Baldo was trans­ferred to a reg­u­lar jail cell in Legazpi City af­ter he was dis­charged from hos­pi­tal Mon­day evening, Fe­bru­ary 4.

Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group (CIDG) Bi­col Chief Arnold Ar­di­ente said Baldo has been per­mit­ted by his doc­tors to be dis­charged from the UST Legazpi hos­pi­tal, where he was rushed af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing asthma at­tack hours af­ter his ar­rest on Jan­uary 22 over al­leged il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearms.

Ar­di­ente said prior to the is­suance of the dis­charge order, he told Baldo that he will be trans­ferred to the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal in Camp Crame.

“He is un­der our cus­tody, so sup­pos­edly, he must be in our PNP hos­pi­tal. But the at­tend­ing physi­cian is­sued a dis­charge order, mean­ing he is safe to back to jail,” Ar­di­ente said.

Mean­time, Baldo’s le­gal counsel, Mer­ito Loven­zky Fer­nan­dez, said the Daraga mayor is not yet feel­ing well but was forced to go out of the hos­pi­tal af­ter Ar­di­ente made him choose to go to jail in Legazpi or be trans­ferred to the PNP gen­eral hos­pi­tal.

“There is no order of dis­charge from his physi­cian this morn­ing but the in­for­ma­tion I’ve got is that the CIDG wants mayor Baldo to be put up be­hind bars at Legazpi City jail. Mayor Baldo was told to choose if he wants to go back to Legazpi City jail or to bring him at Camp Crame PNP hos­pi­tal in Manila,” he said.

Fer­nan­dez said due to se­cu­rity rea­sons, they can­not let Baldo be trans­ferred in Manila.

“There is a risk, for se­cu­rity rea­sons, I can­not ad­vise and will not al­low that to hap­pen be­cause any­thing can hap­pen dur­ing the tran­sit,” he said.

Baldo was tagged as the mas­ter­mind in the killing of AKO-Bi­col party-list Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Rodel Ba­to­cabe and his aide Se­nior Po­lice Of­fi­cer 4 Or­lando Diaz on De­cem­ber 22 in Daraga.

In this file photo, Daraga Mayor Carl­wyn Baldo (seated, third from left) ob­serves as po­lice of­fi­cers con­duct an in­ven­tory of the al­leged guns and am­mu­ni­tion found in his res­i­dence on Tues­day, Jan­uary 22, 2019. (Con­trib­uted by Bi­col Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice Direc­tor Ar­nel Es­cobal)

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