BACOLOD City – Moises Padilla town Vice Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo and husband Felix Mathias Segundo Yulo III surrendered morning of Sept 11, 2018, three weeks after the court ordered their arrest.
The Yulos surrendered to Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, Police Regional Office (PRO)-6 director, at the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) headquarters.
Bulalacao said in a press conference that in the interest of due process, the couple shall be presumed innocent until proven guilty by the court of law.
An arrest warrant was issued against them by the La Carlota City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 63 Judge Cyclamen Jison-Fernandez for charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives.
PRO-6 takes the voluntary surrender of the couple as a manifestation of respect for the rule of law and the justice system, Bulalacao said.
“We appreciate this humble act as this will dispense the police of the necessary resources needed to serve the warrants of arrest as the police are mandated to enforce the law and implement orders of the court,” Bulalacao added.
Bulalacao also assured the couple that their rights shall be upheld and that they will be duly accorded with the due process of law.
The vice mayor on her part said they decided to surrender to Bacolod police as they are concerned of their safety if they gave up to the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO).
She also stated they surrendered in order to clear their names over the allegations, which she claimed “politically motivated.”
The couple were then escorted by police officers to La Carlota City in order fulfill the arrest warrant.
Bulalacao said he will leave the decision to the La Carlota City RTC on the Yulos’ place of detention.
The Yulos’ legal woes began when the Moises Padilla police led by Chief Inspector Allan Reloj seized grenades, guns, and suspected shabu inside the couple’s car during a police checkpoint in December 2017.